Court dismisses 4 allegations in lawsuit filed by former Mason City human rights director


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MASON CITY, Iowa — A lawsuit filed by the former Mason City Human Rights Commission director will move forward on just one allegation: discrimination based on age and race.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says ( ) a Cerro Gordo County district court on Monday dismissed four other counts at the request of lawyers for the city and several officials sued in June by Lionel Foster. The four counts dismissed alleged interference with his civil rights, violation of the Iowa Constitution, denial of equal protection and denial of due process.

The 76-year-old Foster, who is black, was human rights director from August 1978 to June 30, 2013.

Foster says his job was eliminated as retaliation for investigating complaints against the mayor's local business supporters.

Information from: Globe Gazette,

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