Fort Worth Employee Claims Racial Discrimination in Lawsuit

A black city employee in Fort Worth claims he was cheated out of promotions, stereotyped, and subjected to racial slurs, including one in which another employee told him, "We freed y'all."

The allegations come in a civil rights lawsuit filed in Tarrant County District Court last week by an employee of the city parks department, Darrenn Foreman. See the lawsuit here.

In February, the lawsuit claims another employee "in response to a directive to perform a task, resisted and said, 'We freed ya'll.'"

City spokesman Bill Begley said the city generally does not comment on pending lawsuits.

Named as defendants are the city of Fort Worth, city manager Tom Higgins, parks director Richard Zavala and several other city officials.

In April 2011, Foreman was interviewed for a promotion to senior maintenance worker, according to the lawsuit.

Two weeks later, Foreman claims two members of the panel that had interviewed him congratulated him on earning the highest score and earning the position.

But he never got the promotion.

He was re-interviewed in June 2011 and was the only candidate for the job.

But again, he didn't get it.

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