A second employee with Auburn University’s Office of Campus Safety and Security has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the university.
Cameron Boozer — who’s worked in the department since October 2008 and and another ten years at Troy University in public safety prior to that — is an African American with an exemplary performance record. He found out that he was passed up for a promotion to a white employee from Faulkner University who had never worked at Auburn and lacked the background Boozer had in law enforcement.
The suit filed Monday in the Eastern Division of the Middle District of Alabama claims the acting director of the department who took over back in 2016, Chance Corbett, is “much more comfortable with Caucasian employees around him than black employees in higher level positions.” Corbett also happens to be white.
“I was denied due to my race a promotion to associate director,” Boozer said in a statement at a news conference at McPhillips’ law office in Montgomery, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. “Nothing more. I find it unbelievable that I’m good enough to run the department for all these years but not good enough to receive the pay and promotion.”
Boozer’s complaint follows his colleague’s Regina Hutchinson‘s, who filed her complaint against Corbett last month.