Butler commissioners, administrator reach settlement on discrimination complaint

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 5:58 p.m.

The deputy director of Butler County's Human Services division has settled a sex-discrimination complaint against the county.

Joyce Ainsworth, who is also director of the Children and Youth Services division, reached the agreement with county representatives following a mediation meeting Tuesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Commission, said county solicitor Julie Graham.

Ainsworth had filed a complaint after Commissioner James Eckstein publicly criticized her during a Feb. 29 commissioners' meeting about her travel to conferences.

As part of the agreement, which ends all litigation, the three county commissioners will attend a minimum of two hours of training that will address issues including employee supervision, respect and bullying in the workplace, and conflict resolution.

The settlement reads, in part, “The treatment of Ms. Ainsworth at certain public Board of Commissioners' meetings has not always been fair and some statements made at those meetings were not accurate. Such treatment is unfortunate and is not condoned by the County of Butler.”

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