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Gainesville woman sues Ga. GOP alleging discrimination

Active community volunteer says she was exposed to racial slurs

POSTED: July 9, 2014 10:25 p.m.

ATLANTA — A Gainesville woman who was fired from her job as executive assistant to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party has filed a federal lawsuit claiming race discrimination.

Qiana Keith of Gainesville filed the lawsuit against the Georgia GOP on Tuesday, saying she was subjected to racial slurs and discrimination from co-workers because she is black.

She said she was fired March 31 after complaining to her boss. She seeks unspecified damages and attorney fees as well as job reinstatement.

The Georgia GOP’s lawyer, Anne Lewis, said in a statement Wednesday that Keith was terminated for “consistently poor job performance” and that an internal investigation found no merit to her claims.

Keith declined to comment on the suit and referred inquiries to her attorney, Kimberly Worth. Phone and electronic messages left for Worth, a partner at the Atlanta firm Thrasher, Liss & Smith, were not immediately returned.

The lawsuit was filed under the federal Civil Rights Act. In the lawsuit, Keith describes herself as a supporter of the Republican Party and an active volunteer.

Keith has been active in Gainesville community work in the past. She was featured in previous Times articles during her time as executive director of the Genesis Council, a project of The Newtown Florist Club.


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