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Reverse discrimination suit not good for Jones

March 24, 2010

Vernon Jones testified today in a reverse discrimination lawsuit filed against the him and other county employees in 2004. Jones, who is running for the 4th district congressional seat, is already a polarizing figure, but this is not what you want to be doing when you are trying to get a congressional campaign up and running. According to the AJC, there is a voice recording that implies Jones would not be happy with some possible promotions in the fire department. Here is a quote form the AJC article:

“He wants to pick ‘em from a population that is solid snow white already,” Stone said. “Now he got to cut that [expletive] out with Vernon. … He told David Foster not to — we don’t promote anybody until you figure out how you can fix this problem.”

The CEO, Stone said, would be furious. “Vernon’s going to kill ‘em.”

This is no smoking gun, but my gut tells me the county could be on the hook for this one (I would love to see the entire jury on this one). Whether the case has merit or not, is not for me to decide, but I wonder how much of this is about the former CEO and how much is about actual job discrimination. If you read this article from the AJC, Jones hired whites for several high positions in county government. In the article, if it is true, one of the plaintiffs was even promoted, given a raise and a car allowance. Hell, I would take that kind of discrimination all day long. Seriously though, I think the lawyer for the county employees being sued alongside Jones said it perfectly

“Our Constitution is not designed to be a workplace be nice code,” he said. “It is designed to protect against discrimination.”

Basically, Vernon may not treat you nice, but don’t worry he treats everyone like that.

Read the full AJC Article

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