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Goddard, city still at odds

January 11, 2006

Albany-- Attempts to resolve a discrimination complaint between the Civic Center Director and the city of Albany are unsuccessful.

Today, a mediator from the from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission heard arguments from director Mattie Goddard and the city manager.

The 66-year-old Goddard filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint claiming the city manager was discriminating against her because of her age, race and sex.

Today, Goddard's attorney, Maurice King, said the two sides could not reach an agreement.

"They will either find reasonable cause to believe the city violated the statue, or if they do find that or if they do, they will give Ms. Goddard a notice of right to sue letter," said Goddard's Attorney, Maurice King. "Once you receive that letter, you have 90 days from that date to fill a lawsuit."

For now, Goddard remains the job. City manager Alfred Lott would not comment on whether he plans to fire Goddard. Lott ranked Goddard inefficient in all categories in a recent job evaluation.

Now, the EEOC will investigate the discrimination claim and make a ruling. But that could take months.

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