Petition filed against clerk

County Clerk Linda Jarvis

A civil suit citing racial discrimination and wrongful termination was filed April 12 by a former employee of the county clerk's office. Dianne Manning, former chief deputy, filed the petition against County Clerk Linda Jarvis and a hearing is slated for Wednesday, May 9, in the 87th District Court. The petition is to investigate claims for depositions to see if there is sufficient evidence for a lawsuit.

Jarvis said she had no comment on the matter Monday morning and Dianne Manning was unavailable for comment.

87th District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans recused herself from the case. Judge Dwight Phifer, senior judge of the 2nd District Court in the 10th Administrative Judicial Region, has been assigned.

The petition cites that Manning “lost her job, past and future wages, retirement benefits, health insurance, and was subject to mistreatment and ridicule” by Jarvis. The petition also cites Manning's termination was based upon political affiliation and race, which violated Manning's First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.


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