Discrimination Ruling

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found the city discriminated against Eva Matthews based on her race when they didn't hire her for the city clerk's position.

City leaders did not bring up the matter publicly during Tuesday’s commission meeting. But they did go into closed session for a little more than an hour to discuss unspecified business. They say they've been told not to talk about the case publicly and they're referring questions to city attorney Len white, who also isn't talking.

The EEOC letter of determination calls for unspecified back pay and damages if the city decides to settle with Matthews. If the city doesn't settle, the ruling opens the way for Matthews to file a lawsuit within 90 days of the determination.