Former Mason City director claims discrimination

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former Human Rights director for Mason City has filed a discrimination complaint over his job being eliminated earlier this year.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says (http://bit.ly/GzGcys ) 75-year-old Lionel Foster claims race and age discrimination as well as retaliation in his complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

The City Council reduced the Human Rights Commission budget from $143,000 to $15,000 in March. The cuts resulted in Foster’s job being eliminated.

Foster’s complaint mentions several city officials but singles out Mayor Eric Bookmeyer. Foster says Bookmeyer planned for several years to get rid of him as retaliation for investigating complaints against the mayor’s local business supporters.

The newspaper reports Bookmeyer says he will prepare a thorough response to the commission, and he’s confident all parties will be vindicated.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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