Cobb police lieutenants James Brown and Craig Owens allege that Houser and his department repeatedly promoted white officers to the position of captain, instead of them, according to the Channel 2 report.
County spokesman Robert Quigley said Brown has worked for the county since 1988 while Owens came to work for the county in 1989.
“We have not been served with the lawsuit, and it is our practice to not comment on pending litigation,” Quigley told the MDJ Monday.
Brown and Owens are seeking a permanent injunction, prohibiting the police department from engaging in unlawful employment practices in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
They are also requesting a judge to promote them, Channel 2 reports.
Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee told the MDJ he was unfamiliar with the lawsuit.
“It’s my intent that we run a county that’s free of any kind of racial profiling or preference one way or the other, and obviously this is something that needs to be looked into because any accusation needs to be looked at, but that’s nothing we promote,” Lee said. “It’s not what we tolerate, and we’ll have to wait and see what comes out.”