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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 complaint.


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


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