Former DeKalb County Magistrate Judge Tracy Dorfman.
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DeKalb judge’s racial discrimination case settled for $90,000

A DeKalb judge who alleges she was fired because of her race recently won a $90,000 settlement from the county.

Former DeKalb Magistrate Judge Tracy Dorfman, who is white, alleged that she was discriminated against when DeKalb Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl Anderson, who is black, decided not to reappoint her to a four-year term at the end of last year.

Instead of retaining Dorfman, Anderson filled two positions with black judges who had less experience: Judge Curtis Miller and Judge Nora Polk, according to a letter from Dorfman’s attorney, Lee Parks.

Anderson’s actions led to the “inescapable conclusion” that race was the reason for Dorfman’s dismissal, Parks wrote.

The DeKalb Commission voted 5-1 to approve the settlement on July 6.

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