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Former city employee files $1 million lawsuit against the City of Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Former Police Chief Frank Straub's lawsuit was thrown out, but now the City of Spokane ha a new lawsuit to worry about.

Former Parks and Recreation employee Nancy Goodspeed's lawyer, Kevin Roberts, filed a $1 million lawsuit Monday alleging she was discriminated and retaliated against after taking medical leave to treat Parkinson's disease.

Talking with KHQ, Roberts explained why Goodspeed is moving forward with the lawsuit against the city and city leaders.

Last December, Goodspeed filed a claim against the city alleging her rights were violated when she was replaced while on medical leave. She returned to discover she had been replaced by Monique Cotton.

Spokane Mayor David Condon moved Cotton from the police department to the parks department  because Cotton had made a sexual harassment accusation against her then-boss Frank Straub.

Roberts says the city had been silent until a week ago when they offered to settle the claim for $45,000.

"I felt it was insulting," Roberts said.

Roberts says the city will now have the opportunity to answer the lawsuit and if a settlement can't be reached it will go to trial in front of a jury.

KHQ reached out to the city for a response to the lawsuit, but they said they will not comment on any pending litigation.

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