Former D.C. Public Works Employee Sues City, Claims He Was Fired Because He's White

| by Sean Kelly

A former Department of Public Works official in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against the city after claiming he was harassed and intimidated, then fired for being white.

Christopher Lyons said he was repeatedly called “cracker,” “honkey” and “white boy” by black Public Works department members, and found a sign posted to his door on his last day of work that read, “Get Out White Boy!”

Lyons is now suing the city for wrongful termination, and claims that he was the victim of racial discrimination. 

“I am surprised (the racial discrimination) happened at this level of government,” said Morris Fischer, Lyons’ lawyer. “We’re all Americans. We all have to treat each other the same, and we have to put aside whatever differences we have.”

Lyons said he’d previously reported an incident involving black co-workers allegedly doused his car with paint and garbage, and department head Bill Howland reportedly did nothing to help. 

Department spokeswoman Linda Grant denied the charges filed in a statement to Fox News. 

“Department of Public Works is committed to equal employment opportunity and ensuring all employees are treated fairly,” Grant said. 

Sources: Fox News, BizPac Review / Photo credit: Fox News, D.C. Department of Public Works