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Terrell NAACP wants Commissioners to pay up

February 16, 2007

Dawson-  The Terrell County branch of the NAACP blasted Terrell County Commissioners today for fighting a recent ruling against the county from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

The EEOC sent a letter to Commissioners claiming they violated parts of the Civil Rights Act when they failed to interview or hire four black women for a position in the voter Registrar's office. The NAACP wants commissioners to admit their wrong doing and pay the women more than $50,000 dollars in punitive damages. 

"We are asking the commissioners to do what is right and what the EEOC has mandated, it's an unbinding agreement," Rev. Ezekiel Holley, Terrell NAACP. 

County Attorney Ed Collier said the reason the county is fighting the finding letter is because at least one of the women was interviewed for the job and legally the EEOC can not order a government entity to pay punitive damages.

The NAACP also questioned why commissioner haven't complied with a 12 year old federal mandate to clean up the Terrell County Jail. Commissioners say a sales tax has been approved to pay for construction of a new jail and bids for the project will go out soon.

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