- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The former Mason City Human Rights Commission director has sued the city and several officials, alleging age and race discrimination.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says (http://bit.ly/1oMShC6 ) the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Lionel Foster also alleges retaliation, interference with his civil rights, violation of the Iowa state constitution, denial of equal protection and denial of right to procedural and substantive due process.

City officials declined to comment.

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

Foster’s job was eliminated when the City Council reduced the Human Rights Commission budget from $143,000 to $15,000. Foster says the city got rid of him as retaliation for investigating complaints against the mayor’s local business supporters.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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