Jury rules Iowa Workforce Development retaliated against worker who claimed racial discrimination
Friday, November 08, 2013 10:46 AM
A Polk County jury has ruled that Iowa Workforce Development fired an African-American woman in retaliation for filing a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. After an 11-day trial and one day of deliberation, Dorothea Polk was awarded $50,000 for emotional distress and $80,000 in back pay and benefits. She was fired in July 2006 after filing a complaint alleging racial discrimination in May of that year. The jury rejected the racial discrimination claim. She was represented by attorney Thomas Newkirk.