WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- The former interim superintendent of the West Point Electric Department has won his lawsuit against the city over his firing.
A federal grand jury found the city of West Point and Jasper Pittman terminated Shasta Plunkett over the fact he was white and had filed an EEOC complaint against the city.
In his lawsuit, Plunkett says Pittman was angry with him over the fact his power was turned off because of non-payment.
He says the city elected a majority African-American board of selectmen in July of 2009 and in January of 2010, at Pittman's urging, ordered the city administrator to fire Plunkett or be fired himself.
Plunkett was demoted to lineman in the electric department and the lawsuit says no one was in charge of billing or collections with the department.
Plunkett filed the EEOC complaint in February of 2010 and says he was reinstated as interim superintendent five days later.
The board fired him again in March of 2010, but Mayor Scott Ross vetoed the decision the next day.
Plunkett says the board once again removed him from the interim position in April of 2010 and later voted to terminate him.
The jury trial began last week and the jury returned a verdict in Plunkett's favor Monday evening.
In their ruling, they say while there may have been non-discriminatory reasons to remove him from the position, they felt it was due to race and in retaliation to him filing a complaint with the EEOC.
The jury awarded Plunkett $5,000 in lost wages and $95,000 in damages.