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NC female vet pursues discrimination complaint

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 28-year-old female Army veteran has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, contending a North Carolina ministry did not offer her the same job training courses offered male veterans.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday it filed the complaint against the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry on behalf of Emily Bagby, now a full-time student at an Asheville technical college.

The former Army supply clerk at Fort Gordon says in her complaint she lived at the ministry’s Steadfast House through a program for homeless veterans. Bagby says men were offered training in truck driving, culinary arts, construction or internet technology, but she was offered courses in knitting, art therapy, yoga, meditation and Bible study.

The ministry denies the claim and says it offers the same courses to everyone.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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