nathan_deal_and_qiana_keith.jpgATLANTA (AP) – The former executive assistant to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party has filed a federal lawsuit claiming race discrimination.

Qiana Keith of Gainesville filed the lawsuit against the Georgia GOP on Tuesday, saying she was subjected to racial slurs and discrimination from co-workers because she is black.

She said she was fired March 31 after complaining to her boss. She seeks unspecified damages and attorney fees as well as job reinstatement.

The Georgia GOP's lawyer, Anne Lewis, said in a statement Wednesday that Keith was terminated for "consistently poor job performance'' and that an internal investigation found no merit to her claims.

The lawsuit was filed under the federal Civil Rights Act. In the lawsuit, Keith describes herself as a supporter of the Republican Party and an active volunteer.

*Pictured above is now-Gov. Nathan Deal with Qiana Keith during the 2010 campaign for governor.