Former Valpo employee, city reach initial settlement

2013-02-26T15:02:00Z 2013-02-27T15:01:08Z Former Valpo employee, city reach initial settlementTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 26, 2013 3:02 pm  • 

A former Valparaiso city employee has reached a verbal settlement with the city and Police Department regarding allegations of age discrimination, federal court records show.

Sonja Stansberry filed a lawsuit against the city and Valparaiso Police Department Chief Michael Brickner in November, claiming she was terminated from her position as a records clerk because of her age, according to the complaint filed in Hammond federal court.

Stansberry was terminated on July 15, records state.

According to court records, an assistant police chief told Stansberry in June that she must resign or face termination. The assistant chief told Stansberry she had a month to make a decision, or “he was going to recommend termination, and 'it's time for you to retire,'” according to the complaint.

The suit also states a comment was made that Stansberry, who had worked for the city since 1977, was “going to die at her desk.”

Details of the proposed settlement were not available Tuesday. The settlement must be in written form by March 22, court records state.

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