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Former city employee files claim for giving job away

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A former city employee is moving forward with a claim against the city for giving her job away. Former Parks and Recreation coordinator Nancy Goodspeed sent a letter to the city threatening the lawsuit last month.

On Tuesday, documents were filed to move ahead with the claim. The city's response to the claim just says Goodspeed's lawyer has to fill out some paperwork before either side can move forward.

Goodspeed had threatened a million dollar claim, her lawyer told KHQ that was an "olive branch," but the city didn't take it. Now she wants $1.5 million from the city. She says she was discriminated against based on her age and an illness that forced her to take time off.

In the time she was gone from work, the city moved Monique Cotton into Goodspeed's role as Spokane Parks spokeswoman. Cotton was the former Spokane Police spokeswoman.

In a public records request KHQ made we learned Cotton requested the move to get away from former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, who she says was sexually harassing her.

Straub also has a claim against the city, his for $4 million. He says he was wrongfully terminated.

Goodspeed's lawyer says they'll likely be filing a lawsuit in the next two weeks

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