Two hundred former and present U.S. Marshal Service employees filed a lawsuit last week in federal court alleging that they were discriminated against and passed over for promotions because they were black.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court accuses the federal law enforcement agency of a "good old boys network" that allegedly groomed whites for leadership positions while passing up and reprimanding blacks for "trivial mistakes."
"This is the way the agency treats African-American deputies all over the country," said David Grogan, a deputy U.S. marshal who is filing the lawsuit. "If you're an African American doing a good job, they're going to find some loophole or exception to keep you from getting ahead."
The employees are asking for $300 million in damages.