Lawsuit filed against Appalachian Research and Defense Fund

A woman who once headed the main provider of civil legal help for the poor in eastern Kentucky says the agency fired her because she's a woman and she's black.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports Cynthia Elliott also claims in a lawsuit that the board of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, or Appalred, fired her in retaliation for firing white employees.

Appalred officials are not commenting.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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