Former Delco prosecutor files discrimination suit

Posted: August 09, 2007

A former Delaware County prosecutor has alleged in a federal court lawsuit that she was fired as an assistant district attorney because of racial discrimination.

Treva Hall Melvin of Berwyn said in the lawsuit that she was terminated Dec. 2, 2004, while on medical disability leave, "on the pretext that she did not reside in the county," though such a rule was not applied to the white deputy district attorney and assistant district attorneys who resided outside Delaware County.

Melvin filed a racial bias claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which concluded in September 2006 that she was terminated "because of her race (black)." Her lawsuit seeks more than $150,000 in compensatory damages and more than $150,000 in punitive damages, including lost salary and benefits plus interest.

Delaware County Solicitor John P. McBlain said this week that the county had not been served with the complaint and declined to comment on specifics, but said the county would vigorously defend against the claims. District Attorney G. Michael Green, a Republican running for reelection, said he was "outraged" by the allegations, which he said were intended "to harm my reputation." - AP

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