County denied retaliating against complaining employee

FACTS & ALLEGATIONS Plaintiff Jesse Dampier, 42, a black Department of Public Works maintenance worker for the county of Los Angeles, claimed that starting in 1999, supervisors and co-workers operated a conspiracy directed by Dean Lehman, the district engineer, to use racial slurs or make insensitive remarks to others. He also claimed they disciplined him differently for his misconduct, did not promote him, failed to give or delayed in giving him a key to work yards and facilities, and delayed in getting him a long-sleeved orange work shirt. Dampier further claimed that when he complained about the discrimination, he was passed over for promotions and later discharged solely because of his race.