Corrections Employee Sues County For Allowing Coworker To Display Blue Line Flag

Karimah Guion-Pledgure sued Multnomah County for not forcing a probation officer to take down his Thin Blue Line flag.

Multnomah County, OR – A correctional employee has filed a $420,000 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.

Karimah Guion-Pledgure has 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 just flags that express support for law enforcement. They have no direct connection to any Blue Lives Matter organization outside of their original meaning to show support for police,” said Christopher Berg, Editor-in-Chief of Blue Lives Matter.

“It's a common tactic among police abolitionists to use hyperbolic and false information to de-legitimize anything that shows support for law enforcement,” Berg said.

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.

Comments (60)
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JBo
JBo

"...failed to help her develop a “safety plan,”

Ummm...they're called exit doors and they have a large lighted sign over them says "EXIT". Hope that helps. (Not really.)

NickyJ
NickyJ

Oh brother, this comes after the category tough shit

LakeladyP
LakeladyP

She works for the corrections agency and DOES NOT support law enforcement? We need a safety program to save us from her!

Txseagul
Txseagul

I would not feel safe working around her

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

She should not be working in corrections “hint it’s a law Enforcement agency snowflake “

OzCop
OzCop

I wonder if she secretly applauds each time a police officer is killed or injured in the line of duty....My best guess is yes...

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

She is a racist.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

That retard needs to be fired!

Mrs10
Mrs10

If she's so anti-cop how in the world does she continue to work in corrections?! It seems a bit obvious that someone who views cops like this SHOULDN'T be a member of the Justice system.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

She's doing this hoping she'll get fired and then she can really hit the ghetto lottery. She probably applied for the job, at least in part, already planning to sue for discrimination. What a low-life POS. I'm wondering if she's smuggling contraband into the jail to supplement her income?

LEO0301
LEO0301

This little show of hers is all about the money. Like Bad Bob said, she wants to get fired so she can sue. If everyone in the agency simply ignored her completely maybe she would get tired of showing up for work everyday.

Cheated death60
Cheated death60

I am over all of these people screaming racism. They have too many rights now and unfortunately are taking their rights the wrong way. I am all for equal rights, but this is getting to the point of insanity.

Riever
Riever

I agree, ignore her. Don't talk with her don't ask or answer questions of her. Let her little butt sit in her seat all day long without interaction with any employees. She will leave soon and hopefully with a loss of money for the attorney she hired.

Rabit1
Rabit1

Just cant fix stupid

Bliss52
Bliss52

Post photos of victims of shooting the police tried to help.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

What I don't understand about this country, is that it's full of more rights and liberty than any other country but we fight each other over what flag we represent, or our opinions.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Management made a mistake to give this woman an audience and to showcase and "soapbox"her own political beliefs by starting the photo wall. This forces others to view her own political, social,and racial views. She is an employee there to do a job and is not hired or paid by any political or racial group. Management is in charge, not the employee. Management needs to immediately take down the photo wall and implement a "no politics" policy.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

I knew before I ever read the article that the complainer was a female. I have said for years that female employees are almost always the worst when it come to any type of employee. And before some female goes on a rant, I AM A FEMALE.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

You have got to be kidding me! Okay, I know I'm making some assumptions here: Female, black corrections officer. My god people you're on the same side! Don't you realize that lady?

The express
The express

Another Ghetto Lottery player.

artw44
artw44

Am I the only one, or does anyone else hope and pray that she does not actually supervise people's probation? Heaven help any white person who came under her control. People like her can not help but show how bias and bitter they are. Thank you demacraps, you have started a civil war in this country and it is not between you and the Republicans like ever body thinks. it is between all the race baiters and the police. Time to start taking back our courts, get rid of the ghetto lottery, and quit pea bargaining down to a non crime.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Another snowflake looking to get a fat paycheck by being offended. If she's so offended by a flag that supports law enforcement I can't help but wonder why she is doing the job she is even working as a corrections technician? She's been there since 2001 and that very job in and of itself supports law enforcement! She reminds me of a clerical technician we had when I work for BPD who went into the file system we had at that time and removed and destroyed the records of her daughters arrests for drugs so it would reflect on her or her daughter in a negative way.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

I’m amazed that the supervisors didn’t order the coworker who hung the Thin Blue Line flag to remove it when she complained about it, if not immediately after it went up. We’re talking about one of the most far left counties in America! The solution is to freeze her out of the office. Ignore her, shun her, don’t socialize or include her. She’ll get the message. There is no law, pc or otherwise, that mandates you speak or socialize with a specific person or group.

magnumforc
magnumforc

She is in corrections and has an anti-police shrine? Another black woman who thinks everyone else should be sensitive to her feelings but screw everyone else. We are a multi-racial family but we all agree people like this take people of all colors down the sewer playing the race card.

slo1942
slo1942

FUCK DA BITCH !!!!!!!!!!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Is this girl really F’n serious? Money hungry bitch. She shoulda been a doctor if all she wants is money.

Milman
Milman

Simple. She has decided she doesn't want to work anymore! Easier to sue with all the slimeball attorneys these days... I would not even settle with this loser... She deserves nothing and I would fire her for creating division within the unit.

CaptJaneway
CaptJaneway

Honestly, you're at work--it's nobody's business what you believe while you're working for and representing your company. I personally don't think anything politically associated should be in view while at work unless it's the employers views since those are the people signing the paychecks and own the business. In the case where it's a federal or state/county employee well everyone she behave in a neutral matter. Your representing the citizens of that district, all of them. You shouldn't be using symbols and imagery that suggest you only stand for one group of people. Thin blue line is just as polarizing as black lives matter and if flying a black lives matter flag in your place of business is not okay, neither is the latter.

Katarina
Katarina

If her "equity" wall only displays blacks, SHE is the one displaying bias. Someone like her would put up the post-it notes herself to push her sick agenda. Watch her very carefully and report every mistake, every over stayed break, tardiness everything! She is looking for trouble, let it find herl And Be CAREFUL. She already has a shyster attorney and probably ACLU coaching her.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Just trying to get money. I really hope she gets nothing. This has got to stop.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

what in the HELL is someone with this type of thought process doing working in a probation office???

Woobie46
Woobie46

I forget which religious sect does this, but it works and it would work in this situation....SHUN her. Don't speak to her, don't look at her, don't do anything you can avoid doing ...Shunning is fairly effective and NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE RICHLY THAN THIS ATTEMPTED GHETTO LOTTERY PLAYER

GMMiller
GMMiller

This idiot is in the wrong line of work, may I suggest a career change?

61mouse
61mouse

Gee wonder if she would bitch if it was a gray line for "CORRECTIONS"

RPG156
RPG156

First of all, go find out who hired her and fire that person.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Unbelievable, but in Oregon snowflakes and lefty anti-police people run amok. I would like to see her files on parolees. any bets they all get glowing reviews?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

This country has become a "Country of litigation crybabies who are too thin-skinned and look to prosperity through the court system because of their own emotional problems"! #truferblue

PunkinPye2
PunkinPye2

Did someone forget to tell the correctional staff they are also part of that Thin Blue Line?