An Oregon county has agreed to pay $ 100,000 to a black employee who claimed she was harassed after asking for a Blue Live's Matter flag not appear in her office.
In a lawsuit against Multnomah county filed in January, Karimah Guion-Plowgure said the flag dimmed the Black Life Matter movement, Oregonian / OregonLive reported. She said she was harassed after she and other black colleagues complained.
Guion-Pledgure had been working for the Department of Social Justice since 201
Black Lives Matter is an active movement formed in 2013 that fights violence and systemic racism. Proponents of Blue Life Matter say they support and honor law enforcement work.
The flagship Blue Lives Matter is a black and white US flag with a blue stripe that replaces a white stripe. Thin Blue Line USA, the group selling the flags, says that the thin blue line represents officers in the service plan and the black represents fallen officers.
Guion-Pledure's lawsuit said Blue Life Matter "co-op's" Black Life Matter and "commits it to shift focus to law enforcement – a select profession, not a racial identity – thereby breaking down, diluting, and mitigating the purpose of Black Life Matter movement. "
In a month before a multnomah provisor entered a blue life brand flag in 2017, the white supremacists showed the flag along with the Confederate flags during a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the trial.
A person died and dozens were injured when a man hit his car against protesters. Members of Blue Lives Matter condemned the use of their flag at the rally.
After the trial authority's flag had been for more than six months, Guion-Pledgure set up an "equity wall" showing pictures of minorities killed by police, cost declared. Leaders told her to take down the pictures, the lawsuit said, but she refused because the Blue Lives Matter flutter remained.
On the same day, Guion-Pledgure found two notes on his own wall weave "Thanks a lot" and "Bitch" according to the case.
Guion-Pledgure claimed that her supervisor did not require the flag to be taken down and said that the conflict caused her extreme stress and health problems.
One week later, leaders responded with a reckon that all personal images displayed should be less than 5-in-7 according to the case.
Leaders develop a policy of personal images of images and other things, a spokeswoman from Multnomah county tells.
As part of the agreement, Guion-Pledgure had to leave on Friday. She can be reused for a county job.
"She is disappointed that she should leave there and that they could not make it a safe and inviting work environment," said her lawyer Ashlee Albies. "They say they work on it and we hope they really are."