By Portia Williams
ASHLAND, Ky. — According to reports from the Eastern District Court in Ashland, Ky., a settlement conference took place on Monday, July 21 for David Parker, a former custodian for Greenup County High School who filed a federal lawsuit against the Greenup County School District for racial discrimination.
According to U.S District court officials, Judge Henry R. Wilhoit is presiding over the case between David Parker and the Greenup County School District in the U.S District Court Eastern District of Kentucky.
In the settlement conference, which took place on July 21, the plaintiff David Parker, a former custodian for Greenup County High School who is African-American, alleges he was terminated by GCSD, as an act of retaliation for filing complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in regard to his treatment by the district.
Parker maintains his allegations of racial discrimination and retaliation were substantiated by the EEOC in July 2011, but the district had made no attempt to settle the charges. A notice of Parker’s right to sue was issued by The Department of Justice in January of 2013.
Parker, who had been employed in the district at Greenup County High School in 2007 and 2008, was fired by the district after missing work while serving a jail term for driving while intoxicated. Parker alleges his termination from his position was racially motivated. Parker’s complaints also included that he was subjected to harsh treatment in the workplace on the basis of his race, and being called racial slurs by his co-workers.
According court officials, the minute order revealed an agreed order of dismissal confirming that a settlement has been reached between Parker and the GCSD, and the actual ruling is forthcoming, and has not been entered into the courts as of yet.
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