TN Labor Department loses ruling in reverse discrimination case

Federal judge upholds reverse discrimination lawsuit against former top state official.

Karla Davis, former state commissioner for Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

A federal judge has ruled that a former top state Labor Department official can proceed with his suit charging that the former head of the state agency conspired with top aides to fire him and other longtime employees because they are white.

In a 20-page ruling, U.S. District Senior Judge John T. Nixon rejected arguments by the state that Donald B. Ingram, the former administrator of the Division of Employment Security, had failed to provide sufficient evidence of reverse discrimination.

Ingram was fired a year ago by former Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis.

“Ingram has alleged that he is Caucasian and that Davis and her two collaborators are African-American,” Nixon wrote, noting that Ingram also charged that Davis and her two top aides “engaged in a campaign to terminate or force out long term employees, virtually every one of whom was Caucasian and replaced them with African-American employees.”


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