The Lexington-Fayette County Human Rights Commission has filed a discrimination complaint against Fayette County Public Schools.
Executive director Raymond Sexton said the complaint was filed Jan. 16 after he had received several complaints alleging that district employees were victims of race discrimination.
The Herald-Leader obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act a commission document alleging discrimination.
The document said that between May 1, 2012, and Jan. 16, 2015, the district "has engaged in a pattern of systemic racial discriminatory practices regarding recruitment and retention of minorities, lack of equity in pay, overall inclusion of minorities, harassment and retaliation."
The document said the violation of the Civil Rights Act was "based on race, black."
The complaint provided no specifics.
District spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said Wednesday district officials had not received the complaint.
"But we look forward to working with the Lexington Human Rights Commission in order to address the concerns raised and improve," Deffendall said.
Sexton said the district had 20 days to respond and had not responded as of Wednesday,
Sexton said witnesses involved in the allegations are credible but did not want to be named in the complaint.
Sexton said he thought between 15 and 20 people had made allegations that commission officials were investigating.
Sexton said the commission would issue a ruling after the investigation.
The commission is an independent agency of the Urban County Government. It investigates discrimination complaints in employment, housing and public accommodations, Sexton said.