Aviation Authority to pay $270,000 to settle discrimination complaint

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published July 8, 2014

The Charleston County Aviation Authority plans to pay $270,000 to former Airports Director Sue Stevens to settle a gender discrimination complaint, according to Stevens’ attorney, Nancy Bloodgood of Foster Law Firm LLC.

Sue StevensThe Charleston County Aviation Authority plans to pay $270,000 to former Airports Director Sue Stevens to settle a gender discrimination complaint, according to Stevens’ attorney, Nancy Bloodgood of Foster Law Firm LLC.

 

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The settlement avoids a potentially lengthy and costly legal battle for the authority, which is currently managing a $189 million renovation of Charleston International Airport.

Mediation talks between the parties’ attorneys began June 23. They met several times before reaching a settlement July 7.

“Representatives of the airport and Ms. Stevens met and were able to resolve Ms. Stevens’ employment issues in a manner that was acceptable to everyone,” according to a joint statement. “All parties agreed that the airport is an important community asset and that this matter needed to be resolved amicably for the benefit of the Charleston region.”

Stevens filed the discrimination complaint in the fall after resigning as airports director in July 2013, a position she had held since 2006. Stevens said at the time that she stepped down because of unethical behavior and condescension by some board members whenever she refused to “play ball.”

The S.C. Human Affairs Commission and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission served the Aviation Authority with the complaint in the fall. The agencies’ allotted 180-day review period came to an end in early June, spurring the mediation talks.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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