"It's very clear there was a struggle and difficulty with having an African-American woman in that position of power,” said Jenkins' attorney, Adian Miller. “She was treated differently, and there was no legitimate reason for it other than race or gender.”
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is responsible for conducting research, developing policy proposals and advising the governor.
“CJCC treats all of its employees with respect at all times,” spokeswoman Samantha Wolf said. “While we cannot make any specific comments regarding pending litigation, we were disheartened to see the unfounded allegations in the lawsuit.”
Neal, a former Republican state legislator, didn't return messages seeking comment.
Jenkins is seeking back pay and other monetary damages from a federal jury.