October 8th, 2010 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Metro President's Race: Former 1000 Friends Employee Files BOLI Complaint

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A former employee in the Bend office of the environmental group 1000 Friends of Oregon has filed a civil rights complaint [PDF] against the organization.

The ex-employee, Carol Macbeth, alleges in her complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries that she was discriminated against based on her "sex, martial marital and whistle-blower status, and in retaliation for her having raised a wage claim and asserted her right to be free from retaliation and bullying in the workplace."

The Bend Bulletin first reported the complaint in today's edition. The complaint, which is only an allegation at this point and has not been resolved, comes at an awkward time for former 1000 Friends Executive Director Bob Stacey. He is locked in a tight race for Metro Council President with former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes.

Stacey terminated Macbeth, who started working for the group in 2004, last September. The 1000 Friends board upheld her termination in November 2009.

In her complaint filed on Sept. 13, 2010, Macbeth alleges Stacey did a poor job. "Stacey's propensity toward retaliatory behavior was a fact well known to 1000 Friends which, in 2007, conducted a performance review of Stacey that showed Stacey was an extremely poor manager hypersensitive to criticism," Macbeth says in her complaint.

Stacey, who resigned from 1000 Friends last year to pursue the Metro job, disputes Macbeth's assertions.

"The allegations about me are false," Stacey tells WW.

Jason Miner, who replaced Stacey as 1000 Friends' executive director, says, "It's a contested case. We are cooperating fully with BOLI and will have no further comment."

Macbeth also declined comment about her complaint or its timing. And WW was unable to reach her attoney, Roxanne Farra of Bend.
 
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