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Figueroa announces plans to file complaint

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Another member of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission has announced plans to take action against its executive director. Art Figueroa says he will file a formal complaint against Karen Mackey.

Figueroa will file a formal complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, on the basis of religious discrimination. Figueroa alleges Mackey -- a lesbian and member of the Santee Sioux tribe -- attacked conservative Christians at an August 16 meeting. Figueroa says he is a conservative Christian, and Mackey's accusations were not based in fact, just assumption.

Figueroa says he's also received several threatening phone calls from unknown parties, and plans to file a complaint with the Sioux City Police Department.

Figueroa says Mackey's "lack of tolerance" to people with different beliefs, makes her unqualified for her job as executive director of Sioux City Human Rights Commission. He says legal action is the only solution for this situation.

Figueroa is the third commissioner to file a formal complaint against Mackey. On August 25, Melissa Tjeerdsma announced her plans for a complaint, also on the basis of religious discrimination. Darrel Benson was the first commissioner to file a complaint. He cited discrimination because of his disability.

Despite the legal action, members of the commission voted unanimously to keep Mackey on as executive director in a hearing last month.

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Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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