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Franklin settles Clausi lawsuit, denies discrimination charge

The city of Franklin announced late Friday afternoon that it has reached a settlement agreement in an employment discrimination lawsuit with a couple, each of whom are employed by the Franklin Police Department.

Arlena and Chris Clausi filed the lawsuit in November 2008 in which they sought $350,000 in damages, according to Milissa Reierson, communications manager for the city of Franklin. The lawsuit was settled for $140,000, which includes damages and attorney fees. The terms of the settlement mandate that Arlena retire from the city within 30 days of the settlement, and “cannot reapply for employment with the city,” according to Reierson. Chris will be transferred to the Human Resource Department as employee relations manager and “cannot reapply for a job within the Franklin Police Department.”

Eric Stuckey, Franklin city administrator.

City Administrator Eric Stuckey said the city denies the Clausis were discriminated against, and that it opted to settle the lawsuit to avoid additional time commitments and financial expenditures.

“The city of Franklin takes any claim of discrimination very seriously and does not admit any liability to the plaintiffs in this case,” Stuckey said. “The decision to settle this case by [the] Board of Mayor and Aldermen was purely a business decision.”

Posted on: 4/26/2013


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