Labor employees claim white employees forced out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawsuits filed in local and federal court accuse Department of Labor and Workforce Development leaders of forcing out white employees and replacing them with black employees.

The Tennessean reports the complaints stem from the two years that Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency. Davis is black.

She and two others resigned in March, just before an audit exposed the mismanagement of millions of dollars.

In one suit, Donald Ingram claims he one of 28 white employees forced out by Davis and other black department leaders. Labor claims Ingram had poor job performance. A federal jury trial is scheduled for April 2014.

Annie Hendricks has sued in Davidson County Chancery Court, claiming she reassigned and replaced by black employees with less experience. Labor has asked that the suit be dismissed.

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