Petersburg mayor sues former employer for wrongful termination, racial discrimination

Petersburg mayor sues former employer for wrongful termination, racial discrimination

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers is suing his former employer in federal court for $1.8 million.

Myers is claiming wrongful termination based on racial and age discrimination at a local non-profit, Virginia Supportive Housing. The group is on a mission to stop homelessness.

Myers says he was fired in May, 2014 based on allegations he was "disengaged in meetings," left one meeting early and that his paperwork was incomplete. He also claims a manger complained about him wearing a "hoody and jeans" to a meeting even though others in the meeting were wearing jeans.

In the court filings, he says he felt management was telling him he was "looking too black."

Virginia Supportive Housing has responded to the allegations in court filings, denying all the claims. VSH says it has "made good faith efforts to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace and to comply with law."

The agency has asked the judge to dismiss the case. We reached out to Myers for comment and have not heard back.

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