HAMMOND | A former Valparaiso city employee settled a lawsuit against the city and Police Department relating to allegations of age discrimination, federal court records state.
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 July 15, records state.
According to court records, an assistant police chief told Stansberry in June 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.”
Stansberry's attorney, Ryan Sink, filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the federal lawsuit in light of the settlement, court records show. He could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
The city's attorney, David Hollenbeck, declined to comment on details of the settlement.
"The city is pleased that we've worked with our insurance company to resolve the matter," he said.