Sedgwick County Sued For Racial Discrimination

A former Sedgwick County employee alleges in a lawsuit that his coworkers called him the “colored guy” and sang spirituals from the slavery era while he worked as a bridge crewman.

David Partridge filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Sedgwick County commissioners, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Partridge alleges that he encountered a racially hostile work environment while working for the county from December 2019 to August 2021.

After Partridge complained, a county investigation verified the racial discrimination, and Partridge was told he would not have to return to that work crew, according to the lawsuit.

Partridge had applied for a different position but was denied.

He was offered another position within the county at a lower salary.

The lawsuit said he was fired because he refused to return to the original work crew, and did not want to take a pay cut.