African-American assistant director alleges racial discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 25, 2018

CLEARWATER — An African-American employee is suing St. Petersburg, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Dwight Wilson filed a complaint June 12 in Pinellas Circuit Court against the city of St. Petersburg, alleging violation of the Florida Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 30, 2016, Wilson was terminated from his employment in the city's Water Resources Department where he has been the first first African-American interim director. Wilson says he has suffered loss of employment, loss of income, privileges and benefits, mental and emotional distress, humiliation,, embarrassment and damage to his professional reputation. 

The plaintiff alleges St. Petersburg unlawfully discriminated against him based upon his race and terminated him in retaliation for reporting unlawful discrimination, allegedly his salary being less than whites who held the same position as interim director.

Wilson seeks trial by jury, reinstatement to the equivalent position, actual and compensatory damages of more than $15,000, attorney fees, costs and all proper and just relief. He is represented by attorney Gary L. Printv, Jr. of Printy & Printy PA in Tampa.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-C-3908

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