Second North Idaho Dispatcher Files Discrimination Claim


A second North Idaho 911 dispatcher is alleging race discrimination and retaliation against her employers

In early July, a Native American woman said she was kicked to the curb from her job as a Bonner County dispatcher after six years on the job. Diana Elsfelder alleged that she was a target of discrimination, including race and age bias, dating back to 2011. The Idaho Human Rights Commission filed a claim on her behalf and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agreed to investigate her claims.

And now, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Evie Dougherty said she was discharged from her job as a telecommunications specialist for Bonner County because she's Asian. 

"I have experienced ongoing harassment in the form of reduced work hours, discipline, shift changes and abusive communication," Dougherty said in her claim. 

Dougherty's claim was also filed by the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Such claims can serve as a prelude to a full job discrimination lawsuit.