- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An African-American assistant city prosecutor in Omaha is suing the city, saying she didn’t get promotions and had to work in a hostile environment because of her race and gender.

Makayla Maclin’s lawsuit alleges management-level employees asked Maclin continually if she was pregnant or going to be, and that they said women are a “uterus factory.” Maclin also says she was passed over for promotions that white colleagues got instead, and that management has repeatedly asked her if she’s related to black criminal defendants.

The lawsuit suit seeks money for lost wages based on promotions Maclin says she should have received, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1R2tvtB) reports. The lawsuit doesn’t name colleagues or supervisors she accuses of mistreating her.

City Attorney Paul Kratz said many of the complaints have been reviewed and officials “believe appropriate action was taken.” He declined to comment further.

Maclin alleges in the lawsuit that supervisors have told her to stay in her office when not in court. She says that she wasn’t allowed to get a new office chair, unless she paid the city for it and put it together herself.

The lawsuit says a co-worker put a book with a title that’s an epithet for black people on another African-American employee’s desk. According to the lawsuit, the co-worker also referred to Asians using racial slurs.

Maclin has worked for the city since 2004. She made $80,894 in 2014, tied for the fifth-highest among salaries for the dozen city prosecutors.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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