Council members immediately went into a closed session Jan. 22 as soon as the meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Loretta Lipsey.
No details were disclosed about the case, which was filed against the city with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by former City Clerk Hope Harrison.
According to its website, the EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
After coming out of the closed session, Councilman Terrell Fulford made a motion to decline mediation offered by the EEOC and to return the city’s answer to the agency.
That motion was passed unanimously.
The next motion was to engage attorney Tom Richardson to represent the city in the EEOC litigation, which was also passed unanimously.
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