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Ex-official suing Urban League

December 25, 2018

The former vice president of the Fort Wayne Urban League is suing the agency, alleging she was fired after pointing out violations of federal laws and failure to comply with other regulations last year.

Ella A. Causey claims the Urban League violated federal Housing and Urban Development regulations by not having a housing director and refusing to designate one, according to documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.

The agency also let slide Fair Labor Standards Act prohibitions on carrying overtime hours to different pay periods, the lawsuit alleges.

″(She) reported the illegal practices and reached out to an attorney to speak with the organization to explain overtime and best practices,” the document states. “Within three weeks of her reports to a member of the board of directors, (Causey) was terminated.”

She also refused to sign an old, falsified a time card “that she was asked to sign ... in an effort to entrap her,” according to court documents.

Causey worked for the league from Aug. 29, 2017, to December 2017. The lawsuit : filed in Allen Superior Court in November and moved Wednesday to federal court : seeks unspecified damages, including attorney fees.

Urban League officials could not be reached Monday for comment.

It is at least the second time Causey has sued an employer.

In 2008, she sued Arby’s Restaurant Group in federal court.

That lawsuit alleged discrimination and claimed that Causey, who is black, “suffered unequal treatment, compared to similarly situated Caucasian males, with respect to the number of hours worked, taking vacation, harsher discipline for similar rule violations,” among other things.

She quit working at an Arby’s restaurant on East Dupont Road in 2007 “to maintain her health and emotional well being,” according to the lawsuit.

The case was settled in 2009, and court records do not include details about the settlement.

Causey is represented in the Urban League lawsuit by attorney Christopher C. Myers, the same lawyer who represented her in the earlier case.

mleblanc@jg.net

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