More than $500,000 worth of expenditures were made by the Georgia Republican Party to a Hall County native and her attorneys’ firm after a discrimination case was resolved, according to campaign finance documents.
Qiana Keith claimed in a July 2014 complaint that she faced discrimination while employed as the executive assistant for then-chairman John Padgett. The case alleged Civil Rights Act violations.
A joint stipulation of dismissal was filed Oct. 2.
According to campaign contribution disclosure reports filed to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, there were five expenditures to Keith between Oct. 13 and Feb. 15 for $12,000 each. On March 16, there was $165,000 expenditure to Keith.
Eight expenditures and/or reimbursements to Thrasher Worth LLC, the law firm representing Keith, totalled $300,000, according to the campaign reports.
“The matter has been resolved, and the Georgia Republican Party is going to continue to remain singularly focused on our core mission, which is supporting President (Donald) Trump and electing Republicans now and in 2018,” Georgia GOP executive director Carmen Foskey previously told The Times in October.
Keith claimed she had been put in demeaning situations by her co-workers and overheard racial slurs in conversations about her. She also claimed she was fired after complaining to her boss.
The party responded by saying Keith performed poorly at the job.