PHILADELPHIA — An employee of Community Education Centers is suing the correctional facility for allegations of repeated racial discrimination.
Timika Wooten filed a lawsuit on Feb. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Community Education Centers Inc., also known as George W. Hill Correctional Facility or Delaware County Prison, citing violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
According to the complaint, Wooten was employed by the defendant from July 1997 until May 2015, working as a counselor, DNA coordinator, and case manager. The plaintiff has filed three charges of race discrimination and/or retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and claims that she and other black employees were discriminated against on the basis of race, according to the suit.
The plaintiff claims that she was required to train white employees to take over her duties, was disciplined in a harsher manner than white employees, and experienced racial epithets from white employees, among other acts of discrimination.
Wooten seeks reinstatement to an appropriate position with the defendant, compensatory damages for lost wages and benefits, damages for humiliation, costs, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages. She is represented by Mark S. Scheffer of the Law Offices of Mark S. Scheffer, in Exton, PA.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00943-GEKP