PILOT ROCK - A reserve police officer said she has rejected two financial offers from the city's insurance company to settle her sex- and wage-discrimination complaint. Instead, she is filing a lawsuit against the city.
Holly Beers has been a reserve officer with Pilot Rock police since last July. She is seeking $300,000 from the city for loss of contract and wages, discrimination and emotional distress. Both the city of Pilot Rock and Police Chief Gary Longhorn are named in the lawsuit, she said.
Beers said City County Insurance Services of Salem made two separate offers to her, but she declined.
"I'm done negotiating," she said. "They will not negotiate with me in a civil manner."
Mark Rauch, general counsel for City County Insurance Services, said the agency had no comment on the case.
Beers said the Bureau of Labor and Industries is siding with her in the lawsuit, but she may still hire her own legal representation to push the issue.
"The people of Pilot Rock need to know these people are not admitting they've done anything wrong, but yet they're offering to settle," Beers said.
Beers, 51, has not worked any hours with the police department since December but is still employed by the city. She claims she was the victim of sexual discrimination by Longhorn since she applied for an open police officer position in July 2004. The full-time position went to a man with "no experience" and she was given the part-time reserve position, she said. And while Beers' starting wage was $10 an hour, two other male reserve officers were paid $12 an hour.