DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The second trial alleging the state allowed discrimination against black workers at Iowa Workforce Development begins Wednesday.
Attorneys for the state want the lead attorney representing a black woman who was fired in 1999 removed from the case.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office is asking a judge to remove Thomas Newkirk from the lawsuit in which Newkirk’s client, Tereasa Jefferson, alleges the state discriminated against her.
The state says Newkirk could be a witness, disqualifying him from representing Jefferson.
A judge will consider the issue Wednesday prior to the beginning of the trial.
Jefferson’s trial is the second of four discrimination cases pending against the state.
In the first, a jury awarded Dorothea Polk $130,000, finding Iowa Workforce Development officials retaliated against her after she filed a discrimination complaint.