WASHINGTON - A former District of Columbia official brought in to help straighten out mismanagement at the Department of Public Works is suing the city, claiming he was harassed, intimidated and then fired for being white.
The former city worker says he was repeatedly called "cracker" and "white boy" by black members of the department while in the presence of other managers. On his last day on the job as a deputy fleet administrator, Christopher Lyons said he found a sign on his door that said, "Get Out White Boy!"
Lyons is suing the city for wrongful termination, claiming he was the victim of racial discrimination. He also believes he was targeted because he uncovered financial flaws and reported cover-ups. He's suing his former employers for back pay and then some.
"I am surprised [the racial discrimination] happened at this level of government," his lawyer Morris Fischer told FoxNews.com. "We're all Americans. We all have to treat each other the same, and we have to put aside whatever differences we have."