Corrections Employee Gets $100k After Suing Over Coworker's Blue Line Flag

Karimah Guion-Pledgure will be getting $100k in her lawsuit against the county.

By Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg

Multnomah County, OR – A now-former correctional employee will receive a $100,000 settlement payment for a lawsuit accusing Multnomah County of not fostering a racially-sensitive workplace after her supervisors refused to order a probation officer to take down a Thin Blue Line flag at her request.

The Multnomah County Board Of Commissioners approved the $100,000 payout Thursday, according to Portland Mercury.

Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her lawsuit that she was retaliated against after she put up an “equity wall” in the office that displayed large pictures of black people killed officer-involved shootings and their associated protests, The Oregonian reported.

Managers told Guion-Pledgure, who has worked for the county’s Department of Community Justice as a corrections technician since 2011, to take down her anti-police shrine.

But her lawsuit said she refused because the Thin Blue Line flag was still installed on her co-worker’s office wall.

Then managers solved the problem by announcing a new rule a week later that prohibited employees from displaying pictures larger than 5x7 inches, The Oregonian reported.

Her lawsuit claimed that she found sticky notes with the words “Thanks a lot” and “B---h” stuck to her so-call equity wall.

Guion-Pledgure’s attorneys told The Oregonian that their client felt unsafe at work because of the hostility she attracted after she complained about the Thin Blue Line flag.

Her suit claimed that Multnomah County had failed to help her develop a “safety plan,” The Oregonian reported.

It was not clear how exactly Guion-Pledgure thought the Thin Blue Line flag was going to harm her.

The lawsuit erroneously referred to the flag as the “Blue Lives Matter” flag and complained that the law enforcement movement has co-opted the Black Lives Matter movement and repurposed it “to shift focus to law enforcement - a chosen profession, not a racial identity - and thus denigrates, dilutes, and demeans the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

But the flag Guion-Pledgure complained about, which is actually known as a “Thin Blue Line” flag, was created long before Black Lives Matter ever existed. The term “thin blue line” has been popular with law enforcement officers since the 1950s.

Thin Blue Line flags are flags that express support for law enforcement and have no direct connection to any Blue Lives Matter organization outside of their original meaning to show support for police.

The Thin Blue Line flag has become a tangible target for the anti-police community to protest.

Black Lives Matter Sacramento called on its supporters to steal the police supporter flags and deliver them to their organization in an early January Facebook post.

An Irish bar faced tremendous backlash in Indiana after it responded to one online complaint by removing their Thin Blue Line flag from the restaurant.

Some legislators have even introduced legislation to protect the flying of Thin Blue Line flags from homeowner’s association overreach.

The settlement with Guion-Pledgure allows her to apply for other positions in the county where she will again be in a position to sue with more inaccurate claims.

The Oregonian reports that the county is working on a policy to avoid the display of Thin Blue Line flags.

“We are currently working on a countywide policy addressing this issue,” a county spokesperson told the newspaper.

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Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Another joke and disgraced POS and also the idiots that decided to just pay her for no reason... Hope she chocked her robbery... Useless trash that should have been a county guard at the trash dump..... Her day will come...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The flag is a disrespectful abomination of the American flag. It shouldn't be displayed in any sort of government building.

Wasn't there just an article referencing the flag code? Ironic.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Wonder how many of those pictures of Police shooting blacks were found to be justified. Sad that everybody has rights except the ones enforcing them. If they wanted to award her, they should have given her a dollar and shown her the door. That's who I would want working in corrections, somebody who doesn't give a dam about the job.

WardofSteel412
WardofSteel412

How in the hell do you work in corrections and not support the police? Guaranteed she was bringing contraband into the facility for inmates. And probably having sex with inmates as well. Just a hunch

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This is the lowlife that LOW_est IQ finally brings home to meet his Mammie. "I walked a million miles,...for one your smiles .......my ...Maaaaamieeee".

trainbuff
trainbuff

The only issue that needs to be addressed is hers. If the county is smart, there will always be a reason not to hire her.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

That flag has nothing to do with race only in that racist bitches mind and those idiots pay he for her warped racism!,, what morons! When it gets dark I’m afraid of black people so I’m suing because you let it get dark out and let the sun go down! How fucked up is the country getting!!

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

That lawsuit should be appealed. She worked in the same industry as LEO's. Frankly that Lawsuit should've never gotten that far.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This would be the equivalent of an employee suing McDonald's because for coworker having a golden arches item on display. If you think law enforcement organizations are inherently racist why are you working for one dumb shit?

HFD120
HFD120

The county officials should be sued and removed from office for agreeing to such an utter bull s..t decision as this. She obviously was not performing her job ethically with such an anti law enforcement attitude. And they agreed to hire her to another position...totally irresponsible and beyond reason. As part of settlement all future suits and employment demands are dropped.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Oh well here we go again. She infiltrated and got a payout. She’s no different from these other ones similar to playing the race card. She’s a disgrace to the blue line family.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Black Race Privilege is strong on the Left Coast in Oregon

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Can't believe this POS was awarded any money, for an issue she caused!!!

I see why Portland is having such a hard time recruiting officers... Apparently the anti police theme is common through out various level of Oregon leadership.

bronx163
bronx163

NOT SHOCKING. Oregon is a far left, America hating, cop hating area of the country.

FUCK YOUR BLACK LIVES MATTER BLACK MILITANT FLAG.

First of all blacks are not the highest race killed by police.

Second, in urban areas and poor areas crime victims report to police suspects are mb or hispanics.

In City of NY 95 percent of all violent crimes are committed by people of color in poor economic base.

Los angles same thing.

Chicago

Miami Fl

Atlanta Ga.

Houston Texas

Dallas Texas

Washington DC

Baltimore Md.

Detroit Michigan

Hartford Ct.

Newark NJ

Jersey City NJ

Camden, NJ

Stats don’t lie.

You attack the police and try to kill the police you will end up dead or maimed.

BLULIVESALWAYSMATTER
BLULIVESALWAYSMATTER

I honestly hope that if she is hired add another Correction Center she pisses off an inmate and Karma will play out. She's just another fucked up liberal bitch that should just go back to the ghetto she came from. Oh wait she didn't come from a ghetto Karma it's called Oregon

LEO0301
LEO0301

She should never have been hired in the first place. It seems this department failed to do an adequate background check.

Wolfpackleader
Wolfpackleader

Typical

Njaz
Njaz

Seems to me emotions rule over law.This is not right. Mob rule = emotions rule

365
365

It's time for administrators to grow spines and stop agreeing to high dollar settlements for cases like this based on a fear of going to court and losing costing more. It's like feeding stray cats. Feed one and more show up. Show some guts and fight back on these ridiculous suits. You may lose one now and then but you will have fewer and in the end the costs will be less. You will save money and the appreciation of your employees will be worth it.

Sgt167
Sgt167

Good riddance. She is in the wrong line of work.

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BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

So, it was a harassment lawsuit. Not because of the flag! Well, this is what happens when you hire the entitled.

HH3
HH3

I live within 20 miles of Portland. I have a son and daughter-in-law who live in Portland. I will not even buy gas in that town!! I buy my food and fuel BEFORE we go visit our son's family. I will never spend one dime in that town. We will even park our car in their yard as not to give the Portland Airport even parking fees. If you live in the Portland area, don't spend money there and be sure to tell as many civic leaders as possible your choice. If it continues to hit their budgets they may start to make other choices. I also share with business in the city the same information as well!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Who allowed her to have a photo wall of a SJW at her work site in the first place? Seems like there is a huge disparity of equal justice here and someone from above should have had the gumption to instruct her to remove all of it....especially since she has the gall to insinuate the flag is objectionable to her. What about all the photos and were they not objectionable to others who potentially disagreed with her racial/political viewpoints? She was there to do a job and work. She was not there to broadcast and soapbox her political views.

antialien
antialien

This bitch should have raised her son to be respectful instead of being a low life piece of garbage.

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

Really? She should have been fired instead!!!