Federal Lawsuit Claims La Vergne Mayor Retaliated Against Employee Who Complained of Discrimination

A new federal lawsuit says La Vergne City Mayor Jason Cole refused to let an assistant city recorder work after she made complaints of sex discrimination and unequal pay, The Daily News Journal reports. April Lawrence, a five-year city employee, says she was placed on administrative leave after sending a 30-page complaint to Cole and other city leaders. She had previously met with the director of human resources in an attempt to address the perceived problems. The lawsuit says Cole and the city are violating the Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act. Lawrence wants a jury trial, back pay and other fees a jury deems necessary.
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