$40,000 settlement reached in Macon employee’s discrimination case

awomack@macon.comMay 30, 2014 

A former Macon Public Works supervisor who filed a lawsuit claiming he’d been discriminated against based on his age and race has received $40,000 in a settlement with the city of Macon and the department’s director, Richard Powell.

Richard Bullock, a white man, was fired April 19, 2010, by Powell, a black man, and was replaced by another black man, according to his lawsuit filed two years ago in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

Bullock, a 25-year employee, also alleged another “similarly situated” black employee was retained, as were similar younger employees.

Macon and Powell have denied Bullock’s allegations.

As part of his firing, Bullock was accused of taking dirt from the Public Works yard. He has said there was no written policy prohibiting employees from taking dirt and that other workers had taken dirt without being punished.

Bullock was reinstated following an investigation, and a written policy was issued.

The Telegraph obtained a copy of Bullock’s confidential settlement after filing a request under the state’s open records act.

Bullock is subject to paying $1,000 in damages for breach of the confidentiality clause, according to the settlement. Along with being barred from discussing terms of the settlement, he also can’t discuss “any issue, claim of grievance” relating to his termination with current or former city employees, or anyone else.

Duke Groover, a Macon attorney representing the city and Powell, declined comment Friday, citing the confidentiality clause.

Messages left for Bullock’s lawyer were not returned.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. Writer Jim Gaines contributed to this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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