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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Employee of Georgia Organization Claims Race and Gender Discrimination

As a black female, can I sue my former employer for undermining my work and passing me over to promote a white male?

A Georgia woman who worked for a teacher's advocacy group has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit over her failure to receive a promotion.

Tracey-Ann Nelson, a former lobbyist with the Georgia Association of Educators, alleges that she was a victim of both race and gender discrimination when her then-employer selected a while male, instead of her, to serve as executive director of the organization. 

In her lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Atlanta, Ms. Nelson, who is African-American, says the organization not only passed her over for promotion but also undermined her advocacy efforts on behalf of teachers in the Georgia House of Representatives. She alleges that her ex-employer's president and the new executive director questioned the Georgia House Minority Leader about Nelson’s performance. She believes their conduct adversely affected her effectiveness as a lobbyist.

Nelson left the Georgia Association of Educators and is now Executive Director of the Arkansas Education Association. In her lawsuit, she is seeking back pay, financial damages, and other remuneration.

Without addressing specific allegations, the General Counsel of the Georgia Association of Educators denied Nelson's race and gender discrimination claims. He stated that a racially diverse board of women and men turned down Nelson's application to be executive director. He also said the organization would vigorously defend against the claims made in the employment discrimination lawsuit.

Suing a former employer can be a battle, but the skilled attorneys at Pankey & Horlock, LLC have effectively represented the interests of employees throughout Georgia in all types of employment and workplace discrimination claims. For a free confidential case evaluation, call the experienced legal team at 770-670-6250 today or schedule a consultation online.  


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