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Former employee settles with Idaho county

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A report from the Times-News in Magic Valley, Idaho, relayed that a former employee has settled with Minidoka County regarding a recent discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2010 by a ex-employee of the county, who claimed she was treated unlike her male counterparts and was later terminated without a fair hearing. The suit named the current county commissioner as well as several former commissioners and 25 unidentified workers as defendants.

County officials stated that no discrimination took place and that the worker's termination had been announced by a deputy prosecutor to the clerks, judges and attorneys in the magistrate court clerk's office.

In return, the plaintiff had sought a permanent injunction against the county from terminating her and hoped to be reinstated as a deputy prosecutor with back pay. Instead, the two sides agreed to a settlement under which they would pay their own costs and attorney fees. Other terms were not disclosed.

The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding any perceived discriminatory actions, as employees may feel slighted and later present expensive professional liability lawsuits. 

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