Saturday, December 10, 2011

City of Neenah Settles Age-Discrimination Complaint

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

1 comment:

Marge Loch-Wouters said...

Actually the woman in question was my predecessor at Menasha Public Library. She worked for 2 years as Head of Youth Services there. She was also interim Head of Youth Services at Neenah Public Library between the departure of Mary Jane Wiseman and the hiring of Patricia Hewitt-McNichols. So contrary to the press release/article/EEOC statement, she did have public library experience. Just sayin'