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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawsuits filed in local and federal court accuse Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development leaders of forcing out white employees and replacing them with black employees.

The Tennessean reports the complaints stem from the two years that Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency. Davis is black.

She and two others resigned in March, just before an audit exposed the mismanagement of millions of dollars.

In one suit, Donald Ingram claims he was one of 28 white employees forced out by Davis and other black department leaders.  The Labor Department says Ingram had poor job performance. A federal jury trial is scheduled for April 2014.

Annie Hendricks has filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court, claiming she was reassigned and replaced by black employees with less experience. The Labor Department has asked that the suit be dismissed.

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