COLUMBUS, Ohio — A black former police officer says his firing by the Columbus police department was the result of racial discrimination.

The federal lawsuit by Kevin Morgan alleges he was wrongly terminated in 2015 and treated unfairly in comparison to white officers who were facing similar allegations over special-duty hours.

Morgan was accused of improperly reporting those hours. Thursday’s lawsuit says white officers facing similar allegations were suspended and told to pay back money they stole from the city.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2xXFvgQ ) Morgan is seeking reinstatement, more than $25,000 in damages, and an admission to discriminatory practices by the city.

Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis (Alex buh-ZOO’-niss) told the paper the department wasn’t commenting.