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Moss Point mayor: Probe finds no proof of age discrimination

May 3, 2019

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Gulf Coast mayor says a federal investigation into age discrimination claims has turned up no proof of violations.

The former Moss Point city clerk and current fire chief were among a dozen past and present employees who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January. They said Mayor Mario King unfairly favored younger employees.

King tells the Mississippi Press that he has focused on qualifications and experience since becoming mayor, and the city has only one department head younger than 40.

King has also noted that aldermen vote on employees’ pay and whether they are hired or fired.

Although the commission sent letters saying its investigation found no violations, those aggrieved still have the right to sue the city within 90 days.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com