DAILYKENN.com --A city employee in Indianapolis says he was officially fired for "lack of leadership." In reality, a lawsuit claims, he was dismissed for being "Caucasian," vocally supporting Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and wearing an iconic Make America Great Again hat.
From Indianapolis Star ▼ Holly V. Hays and Mark Alesia
A former Indianapolis city employee alleges in a reverse discrimination lawsuit that he was fired in part for vocally supporting President Donald Trump and wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
In a complaint filed in federal court in Indianapolis, Michael J. Dale claims he was fired unlawfully because of his race, his age and in retaliation for engaging in free speech. He worked as a supervisor in the Department of Public Works.
The complaint identifies Dale as a "Caucasian" born in 1958. He was fired in April.
"Defendants have treated significantly younger, non-Caucasian employees and employees who did not engage in protected speech ... more favorably in discipline than it has treated Dale," the lawsuit alleges.
Defendants named in the lawsuit are the city of Indianapolis, the deputy director of Public Works and a union president. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday.
In 2016, Dale wore a "Make America Great Again" hat to work and spoke with several colleagues about his support for then-candidate Trump, according to the complaint. Dale claims that some time later a representative of a local union spoke about Dale being a Trump supporter during a staff meeting.
In November 2017, Dale said he and several other older superintendents were asked how long they planned to continue working.
In April 2018, Dale was terminated for "lack of leadership," according to the complaint.
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