Polk County settled its racial discrimination case with a former probate court employee, according to Latanya Dunn, the employee who filed the suit.

The $40,000 settlement ends the case that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Rome in 2011.

Dunn, a former records clerk with the probate court who is African-American, sued the county and former Probate Court Judge Joyce Jones after Jones fired her on Aug. 10, 2011.

The lawsuit stated Jones fired Dunn for allegedly refusing to perform her job duties. Dunn claims the firing was retaliatory because she filed a complaint of racial discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, Dunn alleged she complained to Jones about being treated less favorably than white co-workers on numerous occasions prior to June 2011.

Court documents also stated Dunn claims other reports were made to the county manager and the county’s human resources manager.

Dunn said the county offered the $40,000 settlement and she accepted the offer. The settlement contained conditions regarding Dunn’s employment relationship with the county, and she had to agree not to initiate other suits relating to the case.

Dunn said the county first made the settlement offer after Jones’ death in March.

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