A county in Oregon has agreed to pay a former worker a $100,000 settlement after she sued the county for racial discrimination as a result of a co-worker had posted a “Blue Lives Matter” flag in an workplace in help of native police.
The previous worker, Karimah Guion-Pledgure, had labored as a corrections technician for the Multnomah County Division of Group Justice since 2011 however agreed to drop her lawsuit and resign as a part of the settlement, the Portland Mercury reported, though she shall be permitted to use for an additional county job.
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In her lawsuit, Guion-Pledgure alleged that different county staff had retaliated in opposition to her after she complained that the pro-police flag was offensive, the report stated.
The plaintiff, a black girl, contended that the phrase “Blue Lives Matter” had co-opted the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” and thus denigrated and diluted the unique time period.
In response to the Mercury, the lady who sued initially protested the flag by displaying photographs of individuals of colour who had been killed by law enforcement officials. Division managers then requested her to take away the photographs however she refused as a result of the pro-police flag was allowed to remain in place.
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A county spokeswoman, Jessica Morkert-Shibley, stated county officers had been engaged on coverage revisions meant to keep away from such disputes sooner or later, the Oregonian reported.
The plaintiff had initially sought $420,000 in her lawsuit, the newspaper reported.