CLOSERecently fired Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine \u201ctargeted\u201d African American employees in a series of firings during his tenure, a former Texans security coordinator alleged in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.\u00a0Jeff Pope, who was notified he would not be retained by the team May 8, made a series of allegations in a 4,500-word charge of discrimination complaint obtained by USA TODAY Sports early Thursday morning.\u00a0Gaine was fired by the Texans on Friday with little insight into the move disclosed by the team.\u00a0Attempts to reach Gaine were not immediately successful\u00a0Thursday morning.Texans spokesperson Amy Palcic told The Houston Chronicle that Pope\u2019s allegations of racial bias \u201cwas not a factor in the recent decision to relieve Brian Gaine from his job as general manager.\u201d\u00a0\u201cWe have just been made aware of Mr. Pope\u2019s claim,\u201d Palcic said. \u201cWe do not comment on pending litigation. The Houston Texans do not tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind."REPORT: Patriots file tampering charge against Texans for pursuit of potential GMMICHAEL IRVIN: \u2018I\u2019ve never heard a receiver say\u2019 what\u00a0Amari Cooper told meTexans helmet lays on the bench during the game.\u00a0(Photo: Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports)Pope, who is African American, listed eight other African Americans who were allegedly fired by Gaine after he took over as GM in January 2018.\u00a0\u201cIt appeared, and I believe, that he was targeting all minorities in leadership positions and was set to replace them with non-African-Americans. Which he did,\u201d Pope wrote in the complaint.Pope wrote that it became evident\u00a0that African Americans were \u201cbeing singled out\/targeted\u201d when Gaine allegedly chastised him in December for eating in the players\u2019 cafeteria as he\u2019d done since his arrival in 2017.\u00a0\u201cIn short, every African American in the building understood that not too many of us could congregate or be seen interacting with each other even during lunch because it did not look good to the powers that be,\u201d Pope alleged.\u00a0Pope said the reason he was given for his termination was the lack of a background in law enforcement.\u00a0\u201cI believe I was discriminated against and terminated on the basis of my race and color,\u201d Pope wrote.\u00a0Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC will investigate a charge of discrimination that could make a determination that discrimination took place \u2013 which would lead to mediation \u2013 or the federal agency could sue the employer. The person who makes a complaint can sue the employer if the EEOC doesn\u2019t find a \u201creasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred,\u201d according to the agency\u2019s website.\u00a0"I was going to handle this the way I handle most of my claims: quietly,\u201d N. Lucy Chukwurah, Pope\u2019s attorney, told The Houston Chronicle. \u201cWhen the Texans terminated Mr. Gaine, that caught my attention. They terminated him a few days after they spoke with their counsel. I found that to be unusual."