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Oregon county pays $100K to employee who sued over Blue Lives Matter flag

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2016

    A flag with a blue and black stripes in support of law enforcement officers, flies at a protest by police and their supporters outside Somerville City Hall in Somerville, Mass. An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a “Blue Lives Matter” flag. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit that the flag demeans the “Black Live Matter” movement.

PORTLAND, ORE. >> An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a Blue Lives Matter flag in the office.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports today that Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag demeans the Black Lives Matter movement.

She alleges that when she raised the issue at work, her colleagues harassed her for her views, causing her extreme stress and health issues.

Guion-Pledgure’s supervisor in the Department of Community Justice didn’t require the flag to be taken down.

As part of the agreement, which was approved Thursday, Guion-Pledgure must resign but can reapply for a county job.

She had worked for the department for eight years as a corrections technician.

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