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Female city worker claims employment discrimination, retaliation

Being a city employee can certainly have its benefits. However, it does not mean that workers are free from the possibility of facing employment discrimination and retaliation. In some instances, workers could be treated unfairly due to their race, gender or age, and they may find themselves facing even more difficult circumstances after filing complaints.

Oregon readers may be interested in a case involving a city worker in another state. According to reports, the woman had worked as a zoning and wetlands enforcement officer before being hired as the clerk of the common council. After moving to her new position, a younger and less-experienced worker was given her old position temporarily but received higher pay than the woman. When the position was filled permanently, the new worker was also less experienced than the woman but still received higher pay than she did when she held the job.

The woman filed an age and gender discrimination complaint with the state's Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. After the complaint, she claims that she was retaliated against, including having a written reprimand from the mayor that reportedly had false information and allegations. The woman has since filed a lawsuit, which she hopes will be linked to a lawsuit that had been filed by another female city worker claiming similar treatment.

Employment discrimination can come in many forms, and as this case shows, facing retaliation for complaints is a real possibility. Still, Oregon workers do not have to let such treatment stand. If they believe that they have been illegally treated on the job, they may wish to gain information on their legal options for handling the situation.

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