North Georgia official accused of racial discrimination in lawsuit filed by former employee

In this 2012 staff file photo, State Rep. Jay Neal, R-Lafayette, listens as Lecia Eubanks, library director, explains the purposes of some areas of new construction at the LaFayette-Walker County Library.
photo Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press - December 09, 2010. Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, participates in a legislative roundtable at Dalton State College early Thursday morning.

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.