Summarized by Michael Nielsen
Court Rules Utah Didn't Discriminate Against non-LDS worker
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Susan Raymond worked for 10 years as director
of the Bear River Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging.
After being dismissed from her post, she filed a complaint of
religious and sex discrimination with the state. Raymond claimed that
she was fired because she filed a complaint against the state in
1995, which alleged religious and sex discrimination.
After hearing evidence for four days, it took just three hours for
the federal grand jury to rule in favor of the state.
The jury "agreed unanimously that the reason she got the rating was
because of her own conduct in the year leading up to" the
evaluation, said the Bear River association's attorney, Ben Hathaway.
Instead, the court determined that a very negative evaluation in a
state audit resulted in her being dismissed.
Raymond sought $800,000 in the suit, claiming that she was not
compensated for overtime work, that she was required to work while on
leave, and that she was treated unfavorably because she is a woman
and not a member of the LDS church. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell
dismissed the religious- and sex-discrimination complaints before the
trial because there was insufficient evidence to support the
allegations. The jury ruled against Raymond on the remaining
Jury finds no fault in discrimination case
Deseret News 3Sep00 D2
By Hans Camporreales: Deseret News staff writer
Woman was not fired in retaliation to filing complaint