Neenah will pay to resolve age-discrimination complaint. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 12/10/2011)
Excerpt: City Atty. Jim Godlewski said the city disputes the allegation and agreed to make the $5,000 payment to cut its losses.
"The cost to defend would have been three to four times that amount," Godlewski said. "We admit no liability and no wrongdoing, and she agrees not to apply for a position with the city or its affiliates."
Heather Barber, Neenah's deputy director of human resources, told the EEOC that 65 of the 69 applicants met the qualifications for the position and that Leslie was more qualified than Haffeman.
She said Haffeman, a former media specialist with the Neenah Joint School District, was one of six applicants with school library experience but no public library experience. None of the six was interviewed. "Public library experience is desirable and significantly different than school library experience," Barber said.