The Commercial Dispatch reports the federal lawsuit was filed in July by Justin Denson, who worked from 2015 to 2017 as a sign technician for Oktibbeha County. A judge signed an order April 8 ending the lawsuit after the settlement was reached.
The lawsuit claimed the Oktibbeha County road manager, Fred Hal Baggett, said several times that Denson looked like a “thug” and once said he looked like a “black savage Viking” because of dreadlocks. The suit said Denson complained about harassment, and Baggett retaliated by firing him.
Baggett told the newspaper he could not comment on the case.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info