Jury rejects Walton’s race-based firing claim

Court NewsOXFORD – Ginger R. Walton was not fired by the University of Mississippi because of her race, a federal jury decided last week.

Walton, a former Ole Miss business manager from Yalobusha County, sued in February 2012, claiming she was forced to resign her job because she is black and was retaliated against for her alleged refusal to be part of a scheme to misuse funds.

Employed by the University from March 1993 through April 2011, Walton claimed she was told a “bad job evaluation” against her would not be processed if she resigned. She did, then filed the lawsuit.

The trial jury agreed she was not fired because of her race and that she must pay court costs to the university.