Judge rejects final claim in former employee’s lawsuit against MTA

A federal judge has rejected the final remaining claim in a lawsuit filed by a former Macon Transit Authority employee who alleged her firing involved racial discrimination.

TiaWanda Hampton, a former administrative assistant, field the suit last year against the transit authority after she was fired for insubordination following her reporting another employee had taken a gun to work.

The employee who had the gun at work was a white man, and Hampton is a black woman. The man was suspended for his policy violation.

In a May 27 order, Judge Marc Treadwell ruled Hampton and the other employee were not “similarly situated” employees and that her termination was for a non-discriminatory reason.

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