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Goddard pleads her case

February 7, 2006

Albany -- Albany's embattled Civic Center director pleaded her case to the city manager today, trying to keep her job. Mattie Goddard and her attorney met with City Manager Alfred Lott who announced last week he plans to fire her.

Lott didn't announce any formal decision on Goddard's employment status during the meeting, and said afterward he wasn't sure when he would make his final decision.

Her attorney, Maurice King, wouldn't talk about a possible lawsuit today, but he previously said he will sue the city if Goddard is fired.

After the meeting, King said he felt like Lott had made up his mind before today's hearing. "One of the problems we had is that he had already issued a decision, and he's going to be the decision maker," King said. "Of course, this is the city's process we can't challenge that process."

Goddard filed an EEOC complaint claiming Lott was discriminating against her because of her race, age, and gender. A mediator heard evidence from both sides but has not issued a ruling.

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