A former city of Indianapolis worker files a discrimination claim

On Oct. 21, a one-time city of Indianapolis employee filed a reverse discrimination lawsuit in federal court against his former employer. In his filing, he accused them of having fired him because of his age and race. He also said that he believes his firing had to do with him verbally expressing his support for President Donald Trump and regularly wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap to work.

Up until his firing in April, the self-described Caucasian employee worked for the city's Department of Public Works. He noted in his filing that he was born in 1958.

In his lawsuit, he contends that he engaged in nothing more than free speech by speaking out in favor of Trump at work and donning a hat in support him. He argued that other more youthful, non-Caucasian employees who engaged in free speech were disciplined much more passively than him.

The employee says that it wasn't long after he wore a "Make American Great Again" hat and spoke with co-workers about his support for Trump and that he was called into a staff meeting with a union representative. In that meeting, he was questioned about his support for him.

By November 2017, the employee says that he and some of his older colleagues were questioned by their supervisor about how long they intended to continue working. By April 2018, the man was fired. He was told it occurred because he displayed a lack of leadership.

The Office of Corporation Counsel, the office that handled the city's legal matters, has yet to respond to the employee's lawsuit.

At least 80 percent of workplace discrimination cases are filed by African-American employees. Only 12 percent are filed by Caucasians.

The employee's attorney previously filed a reverse discrimination case in 2010 against the Marion County Coroner's Office. That case ultimately was resolved in federal appeals court.

In order to prove that discrimination in the workplace occurred, employees must be able to document it or have witnesses testify that they saw it occur. An Indianapolis workplace discrimination attorney can let you know under what circumstances you can file a claim.

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