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County, disgruntled employee start mediation

August 1st, 2013 - 6:06am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County and an employee who claims discrimination start mediation today. But it doesn't mean a settlement is eminent.

Dale Holiday filed a complaint with state and federal authorities that she felt she was discriminated against because she was an African-American woman.

Today, both she and the county begin a process that could lead to a settlement.

Earlier this week, county commissioners allowed the county's human resources director to enter into discussions.

But county commissioner Jim McEntire tells KONP that move does not necessarily mean a settlement will be the final outcome.

In the event of any settlement, the county has a deductible of 100-thousand dollars. Any additional money would come from a risk pool.

Holiday, who ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner last year and is the wife of Port Angeles city council member Max Mania, has been a grant coordinator for the county's health and human services department.

She claims she received low job-performance evaluations and was given tasks unusual to her job due to her race and gender and complaints about discrimination.

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