Racial bias case returned for trial

By The Associated Press

ABDERDEEN — A federal appeals court has overturned the dismissal of a Clay County woman’s racial discrimination lawsuit against a Starkville bank.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Wednesday sent the case back to federal court in Mississippi for trial.

Carol Vaughn alleged in her lawsuit that she was fired by Woodforest Bank because she is white. A Mississippi judge dismissed the case, saying Vaughn did not have enough proof that her termination was racially motivated.

The 5th Circuit said a jury, not the judge, “must decide whether Vaughn’s race was the real reason she was fired.”

The bank claimed Vaughn made race-related “inappropriate comment” to employees and customers.