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WOMAN ALLEGES RACIAL BIAS BY STATE'S KING COMMISSION

A white woman says she was racially discriminated against by her employer, a state agency named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I was harassed and discriminated against," Susan Kelley said Wednesday. The former secretary at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, who was fired in 1993, called the organization "probably the most violent place I ever worked."

The Times Union of Albany reported Thursday that the institute faces a lawsuit in which it is accused of racial and sexual bias. In a case filed in U.S. District Court, four former institute employees contend that they and others were subjected to discrimination.

The institute's director would not comment on Ms. Kelley's accusations, now under investigation by the Division for Human Rights.

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