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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jimmer1
jimmer1

We live across the river (in Washington state) from Portland. So we get to see this $h1t first hand. The city has gone full fledge libtard!!! We use to enjoy going for the restaurants and views. Now we do not set foot there due to the increased problems with lowlifes, drugs, anti police activities and out and out scum that have taken over. Soon to be Seattle

Steve326m
Steve326m

A snowflake bitch got paid for demanding a safe space!!

informative
informative

She will lose the appeal. I would appeal all the way to the Supreme court then sue her for court costs.

Faith038
Faith038

If you don't respect the 'Thin Blue Line', then don't work for a law enforcement agency!! Liberals will cry about everything!!! smdh

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

What county probation office in their right mind would hire someone with this kind of mindset to work there??? That is crazy!

Wish505
Wish505

Oregon is completely off our radar of places to go and visit in our travels. In the past we enjoyed venturing through the state but now it is will feel like driving through Chicago at midnight.

Toaster_Man
Toaster_Man

God, talk about ghetto lotto. That beeyatch needs to be thrown out the window, not paid

LPD133
LPD133

Chaching! That looks like a dude in a wig.

Bstn
Bstn

It amazes me that grown, professional adults (and Im talking about those sitting on The Multnomah County Board Of Commissioners) cant do a little research on the history & meaning of something before just believing one persons "view" of something" (The Thin Blue Line Flag) before just handing the thousands of dollars. This lady (term used loosely) probably had a law suit plan set in place & thats why she posted anti-law enforcement pictures in her cubicle to start with. If people hate police so much and believe the BS narative about them killing black folks for no reason well then these people should not work in any Law Enforcement occupation. This is a pathetic outcome to this girls suit. And to the state, You ban the flying of the Thin Blue Line flag you are idiots too and I hope every cop and cops family members and all their friends go tight out and buy a flag and innundate this county and the state with THIN BLUE LINE FLAGS!!