A former Cahokia city employee alleges in a federal lawsuit he was racially discriminated against by city officials and the current mayor fired him after the employee ran against him in the last election.
Bryan Moore, of Cahokia, filed the lawsuit against the city and Mayor Gary Cornwell June 13 in Circuit Court. The case was transferred to federal court on Wednesday.
Moore and Cornwell could not be reached for comment Friday.
Moore was an employee with the city's Water and Sewer Department for more than 20 years, according to court documents. He was fired from the department in January.
In April 2011, Moore and three other candidates ran against Cornwell in the city's mayoral race as a write-in candidate. Cornwell won the race with 1,545 votes. Moore collected 28 votes in the race, the least of the candidates.
Moore alleges his firing was a result of his campaign for mayor. He also alleges the city has refused to pay vacation and sick time Moore earned while employed by the city.
Since Cornwell's election as mayor, Moore alleges he was racially discriminated against and fired because of his race. Moore is black and Cornwell is white.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission authorized Moore's right to sue in a letter issued March 19, according to court documents. The commissions' approval is necessary to pursue legal action for violation of the federal Civil Rights Act.