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School wins dismissal discrimination lawsuit

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a black custodian who argued he was wrongly accused of stealing a teacher's cellphone and fired because of his race.

The Senatobia Municipal School District had argued George Edwards wasn't fired because he's black. The school says he was fired because "video footage placed him at the scene" when the phone disappeared on Aug. 1, 2011.

Edwards filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in March 2012. He argued he was wrongly accused of stealing the white teacher's phone.

A federal judge in Mississippi dismissed the lawsuit in May.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday says Edwards didn't prove he was treated less favorably than any other employee.


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