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Posted: October 26, 2011 12:30 a.m.

Social Circle denies Knox lawsuit, claims

Following accusations from former employee Jerome Knox, an attorney for the city of Social Circle and City Manager Doug White said not only are the claims false but that Knox has not filed suit against the city as he claimed.

In a phone interview Friday, Know told The News that he had filed a lawsuit against the city and White for retaliation and discrimination. He also said that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had found wrongdoing in the case. 

However, Joshua Viau, the city’s attorney, said in an email Monday evening, “To our knowledge, Mr. Knox has not filed a lawsuit against Doug White or the city of Social Circle. Rather, he has filed an administrative charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that he was discriminated against because of his race and retaliated against for complaining of discrimination. As of this date, the city is unaware that any determination has been made with respect to Mr. Knox's charge.

"The city has provided its position statement to the EEOC in which it vehemently denies that the city, Mr. White, or Mr. Knox's supervisor discriminated or retaliated against him in any way," reads the statement. "The city maintains and abides by its policies that prohibit unlawful discrimination in the workplace. These policies also set forth the procedure for reporting discrimination or harassment in the workplace. To the extent that Mr. Knox now claims that he was harassed or discriminated against, he did not lodge a complaint pursuant to the city's policies."

Viau said the city maintains that Knox was not let go because of his race or in retaliation for "engaging in any protected activity," rather he was dismissed for "several performance-related issues."

Knox could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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