A former employee accused a North Georgia official of racial discrimination in a lawsuit filed this week against a state agency.
Nicole Jenkins said Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Executive Director Jay Neal treated her unfairly as the only black woman in a position of leadership at the time. Prior to overseeing the council, Neal was a state representative from LaFayette from 2005-13.
"Neal began harassing me almost immediately," Jenkins wrote in a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in October 2017, months after she was fired.