US Justice Dept. Files Suit Against Lee County

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Lee County, saying it discriminated against three Hispanic employees.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court on Monday. It alleges that the county discriminated against the three workers by subjecting them to racial and ethnic harassment beginning in 2007 and ending in 2009.

The federal complaint says coworkers of the men regularly used racial and ethnic slurs, repeatedly mocked their accents and refused to perform work assigned by one of the men. The suit also says employees made false accusations against two of the men to Lee County’s Office of Equal Opportunity in an effort to get them fired.

A call to the Lee County Attorney’s office was not immediately returned.

Source: Associated Press