Auburn employees allege discrimination

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Nine workers in the Auburn University athletic department who were laid off or reassigned have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the school of racial discrimination.

The lawsuit against the university was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. Five of the former custodial workers were laid off last May and four others were moved to other departments during a reorganization after Auburn moved from Beard-Eaves Coliseum to the smaller new Auburn Arena.

Overall, the lawsuit says 10 of the 11 employees who lost their jobs during the reorganization were black.

The lawsuit says the plaintiffs can attest to rampant discrimination against African-American workers in the university's athletic department.

University spokesman Mike Clardy says attorneys have not seen the lawsuit.