Christian Coalition settles a racial discrimination lawsuit

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Christian Coalition has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by 10 black female clerical workers. Terms were not disclosed.

''The matter has been resolved amicably,'' said George Doumar, the workers' lawyer, who added that he was not allowed to make further comment.

The women filed suit last February. They claimed they were denied health benefits and overtime pay, excluded from staff events, forced to use a segregated break room and told to use a back entrance because Executive Director Roberta Combs didn't want ''important people'' seeing them.

Combs denied the allegations and characterized the lawsuit as an attempt to embarrass the coalition and extort money.

The plaintiffs later charged that the coalition retaliated against them for bringing the suit. Five more employees joined the amended suit, including a white man who said he was fired for refusing to spy on black co-workers.

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