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City employee threatens lawsuit for giving job away

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Former Parks and Recreation coordinator Nancy Goodspeed sent a letter to the city Monday alleging they had stolen her job and given it to former police spokesperson Monique Cotton while Goodspeed was recovering from surgery for Parkinsons disease.

The letter, sent to city leaders including Mayor Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart, says the city violated numerous federal and state laws by giving away the job.

Goodspeed was the city's Community Affairs Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation department since 2007. She took medical leave in February to have that surgery. Her attorney says that in May, her job was offered to police spokesperson Monique Cotton under the assumption that Goodspeed would not return to her job. When she did, she learned she had been demoted to an assistant to her former position.

Eventually Goodspeed resigned from that position to avoid retaliation by the city according to her attorney.

The letter is asking for $1 million for violating Goodspeed's rights, depriving her of her livelihood and benefits, and emotional distress. But they would be willing to negotiate with the city in good faith.

We reached out to the city, but they did not want to comment on any pending litigation.

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