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Former employee files lawsuit against county

For the Daily Corinthian

A former employee of the Alcorn County Tax Collector's office has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Alcorn County.

In the lawsuit filed on May 22 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Jennifer Lynn Edwards alleges Tax Collector Larry Ross dismissed her because she was Jewish.

The lawsuit filed by attorney R. Shane McLaughlin of Tupelo follows an official discrimination charge filed by Edwards on May 15 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which she claims her religion was the reason for the discrimination.

An attempt was made by the Daily Corinthian to get comment from Alcorn County Attorney Bill Davis.

The federal lawsuit filed against the county and not Ross seeks a jury trial, lost wages, reinstatement and attorney's fees.

Edwards based her claim on violation of Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964 and she requested an investigation by the EEOC.

An employee of the office for five years, the former employee claims she was harassed after Ross learned in late 2017 that she was Jewish.

Edwards was terminated on Feb. 19, 2018. The lawsuit states being Jewish was one of the reasons she was terminated and it was motivated in part by "her being of the Jewish race and religion."

The plaintiff sustained mental anxiety and emotion distress, according to the lawsuit.