Former Senior Center Director’s Good Reputation Restored


Ms Christine Dodson’s statement: “Unfounded, false, and hurtful claims were made about the senior program, the staff, and me. It appeared that the city and parks upper level staff and elected officials failed to fully recognize the complexities, effectiveness, and success of the former senior program and the skills of the former staff. The program looked deceptively simple because it was being done so well by the team.” Christine Dodson

Christine Dodson’s Lawyer’s statement:

“Christine Dodson had looked forward to having her legal claims heard and resolved by a jury.  That said, she is nonetheless pleased with the resolution of her claims because it fulfills the purpose of her lawsuit – namely, to restore her good name. With this resolution, the City of Ashland (City) and the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) has acknowledged that the ending of her employment could have been handled better, and has recognized her dedication to and compassion for the City’s more vulnerable senior population, and the significantly positive impact she had on their lives.  Ultimately, the City, APRC, Michael Gardiner and Michael Black agreed to pay Ms. Dodson $538,000 in final resolution of her lawsuit against them.”

Christopher Lundberg

Practicing in federal Indian law, and complex business, employment and tort litigation

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