White employees sue Boone County Partnership, claim racism

Monday, April 19, 2010 | 9:47 a.m. CDT; updated 11:53 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — Three white people who once worked for a Columbia nonprofit group are alleging that black employees sought to push white employees out of the group.

The three have filed a federal lawsuit against the Boone County Community Partnership, which provides assistance to low-income families.

The Columbia Tribune reported that the plaintiffs said black employees and board members harassed and intimidated white employees for years at the state-funded partnership.

Some of the black employees and board members denied the allegations. They said the lawsuit is the result of one disgruntled employee upset that he was fired.

The former employees, Steve Tatlow, Janet Stevens and Danny O'Farrell, are seeking back pay and other compensation for inconvenience and mental anguish.

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