Court suspends ex-Shawnee Co. employee's appeal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has suspended the appeal from a former Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center employee challenging the dismissal of her lawsuit against county employees and the state attorney general.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday abated the appeal for now because Ning Lu filed it before the district court had ruled on her pending motion to reconsider its decision. The appeals court told her to notify it in writing after district court makes its ruling.

Lu filed the lawsuit in March when she was 47, contending she was a victim of age and racial discrimination at the juvenile detention center, where she worked from 2010 to 2012.

She sought $4 million in damages in lost wages, emotional pain and harm to her reputation.