City settles with former employee

The city has settled a civil lawsuit with a former finance clerk at River Valley Transit who alleged she was exposed to repeated racism.

Shenique Coates will receive $48,000, which covers pay and attorney fees, following her filing the suit in U.S. Middle District Court last August, said William E. Nichols Jr., general manager of River Valley Transit.

Coates alleged in her suit an assistant manager of the company persuaded her in a threatening tone not to go to human resources.

“This is a settlement that did not require us going to a court hearing,” Nichols said. “It was paid by our insurance company.”

“We are a company that is complimented for our diversity,” he said.

“I am not a proponent of settling if the city did nothing wrong,” Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

Attempts to reach Coates were unsuccessful.