CLAYTON — The ousted diversity director for St. Louis County alleges in a lawsuit that she was dismissed in retaliation for publicly complaining about minorities being excluded in contracts.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Hazel Erby alleges violations of Missouri’s whistleblower statute in the suit filed Friday. At issue is a $1.67 million emergency morgue announced in April as part of the county’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
The suit said that although part of her role was to enforce statutes requiring minority inclusion in contracts, the county never informed her of the project until it was nearly complete. Less than $1,000 of work on the project went to minority contractors. She says she was fired after raising concerns.