Former employee files lawsuit against City of Augusta

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Friday, May 16, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A former Augusta worker is taking her former employer to court.

News 12 has learned Melinda Pearson has filed a lawsuit. The Defendents include: the City of Augusta, former City Administrator Fred Russell, Bill Shanahan, and Sam Smith.

In the suit, Pearson claims she was discriminated against when she was demoted in May 2012 while working for the Parks and Rec. Department. The demotion came after an investigation into time card fraud and evidence showing the city was not notified for weeks about an injury Pearson suffered on the job. Pearson also says she was not informed the city had involuntarily retired her until February 2013.

When the investigation first started, former Parks and Rec. Director Tom Beck admitted to News 12 that he approved Pearson's time card for hours she never worked while taking time off for the recovery.

Pearson claims the defendants discriminated against her because of her race and gender.

She wants a jury to decide on the case. Pearson is asking for the defendants to pay for any damages, give her her old job back or pay her what's owed to her from her salary and pay for all court costs.

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