PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County is facing lawsuits from three minority female 911 dispatchers who say their supervisors discriminated against them.

The dispatcher, two who are black and one who is Hispanic, say they were subjected to ethnic slurs, and says supervisors made black dispatchers take calls from inner city residents because the dispatchers could "speak ghetto."

Ruby Helvy, who is black, says county Emergency Services bosses targeted her out for discipline while letting other employees slide. Kelli Rodriguez, a Hispanic woman, says she was subjected to harassment. Dapree Thompson, who is also black, says she was forced to work overtime while others got to go home.

A county spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the lawsuits which were filed late Wednesday. The county's solicitor is also declining comment.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com