February 10, 2016

$12M Settlement Offered, Refused in Atlanta PL Case

By LJ Staff

Fulton County has offered $12 million to settle the reverse discrimination case–which, including interest and attorneys’ fees, has hit $18 million–won by seven white librarians at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, with the provision that the five plaintiffs still employed resign. Plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Anulewicz said the offer was unacceptable both in its financial and workplace terms. The county, rejected twice in appeals court, may still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, though Anulewicz said he thought it was unlikely the court would accept the appeal.

Also, the Fulton County Taxpayers Association may sue the county Board of Commissioners to force the ouster of library Director Mary Kaye Hooker and library board member William McClure. Both were found liable–as were two former board members–in the case. Deputy County Attorney June Green said the county has no power to fire Hooker and that the authority to remove a board member is unclear. Also, Deputy Director Carolyn Garnes, who has had some disagreements with Hooker regarding personnel policies, has retired after more than 30 years of service.

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