County settles lawsuit with former DSS employee

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By Brian Slattery

Brunswick County officials settled a lawsuit with a former Department of Social Services employee who was discharged in 2011.

County Attorney Huey Marshall announced the settlement following a closed session discussion during the Feb. 17 county commissioners’ meeting.

Janet Reed, a Processing Assistant III when she was discharged Jan. 18, 2011, filed suit against Brunswick County in July 2011.

Reed’s suit alleged disparate treatment and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Marshall said the settlement includes a $25,000 payment to Reed.

The parties also agreed to no admission of any wrongdoing from Brunswick County or Reed.

The settlement also allows Reed to tender her resignation.

The county will not provide any opinion for employment in Reed’s future job searches.

“She worked for Brunswick County for five years from Jan. 26, 2006, to Jan. 18, 2011,” Marshall said. “No one who could recommend her (still) works here.”

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.