- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals says a former state worker who sued claiming employment discrimination and harassment based on race must get a trial.

Beverly Couch says justice will finally be served.

The 65-year-old black woman sued the Iowa Department of Human Services in 2013 claiming she was fired for testifying in a civil rights trial filed against the state by another black woman.

A district court judge dismissed Couch’s case citing lack of evidence that a DHS manager who made disparaging remarks about her was directly involved in her dismissal.

The appeals court says there are sufficient questions to present discrimination and harassment claims to a jury.

Her attorney, Leonard Bates, says Couch deserves her day in court.

An Iowa Attorney General spokesman says the state is reviewing options.


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