Trial begins for discrimination lawsuit against City of Hattiesb


A lawsuit accusing the City of Hattiesburg and former mayor Johnny Dupree of racial harassment and discrimination went to trial Monday.

The jury was seated and heard opening arguments from attorneys representing the plaintiff and defendants.

The lawsuit, filed by former Municipal Court clerk Dana Coleman in 2016, says Coleman suffered “severe and pervasive racial harassment and discrimination by her African American co-workers and supervisors because of her race” and was forced to resign her position.

In the lawsuit, Coleman, a white woman, claims she was the only white employee in the Municipal Court office. She was hired as an office manager in January 2012.

During her time in the position, Coleman claims a pattern of racist and discriminatory behavior…

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