A former high-level manager has filed a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against CPI Security Systems and its CEO, Kenneth Gill.
Gaston County resident Kelley Phelps filed the lawsuit Thursday alleging she was fired from her job at CPI in retaliation for objecting to the company’s racist practices, including racist comments by the CEO. Phelps said she was the highest ranking Black manager at CPI and had been employed with the company for more than 20 years.
Channel 9 covered the fallout after Gill’s comments he made in May 2020. The controversy began when Gill responded to an email from a Charlotte activist, telling him to “spend your time in a more productive way.” The comments were made in response to Queen City Unity’s executive director, who said he sent a letter to city leaders calling for change when it comes to police brutality and community safety.