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Victory at Last! February 21, 2013

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After 3 1/2 years, I won my case against the Lexington Public Library Board in binding arbitration! They will have to pay me my contract amounts and benefits. Great things come to she who waits!!
Thanks to all of you for your support over the years. Happycat

Progress on two fronts! March 24, 2012

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Good news on two fronts finally.  The judge in my discrimination suit made an error in his ruling so the suit is live again.  He ruled, prior to me being able to file a statement.  So now I have submitted a statement and he will now rule with having information from both sides.

After almost three years, we have been allowed to proceed with binding arbitration which is what my contract calls for.  We are in the process of selecting arbitrators who will serve on the panel and then a schedule can be set.  Hard to believe things are finally moving.

Small Progress February 16, 2012

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The judge did not rule until December, 2011. He ruled that I could not sue the library for defamation since in his opinion they are covered by soverign immunity. Too bad. I decided not to appeal so as to get the contract issues settled.

I made the library two offers so we both might avoid the additional hefty costs of binding arbitration, but they rejected the first one and did not even bother to respond to the second.

So we are going to go to binding arbitration which is what my contract specifies. Too bad it took us over two and a half years to get to this point. Each side gets to select one of the arbitrators and then those two pick a third. Next, each side deposes people and then the hearing is set. This is to be speedier than a trial. That remains to be seen, but it is positive progress.

Still No Action, Continued!! November 29, 2011

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August 3, 2011 came with great expectations. How little I know about the law!

The judge cancelled the status conference. He said he did not want to give a status until he ruled. It is now four months later and  I  am still waiting for a ruling.  It is over a year since I asked for arbitration to settle an issue that is now over two years old. On November 14, 2011 , my lawyer got a call from the judge’s office.  She was told  he was going to rule in the next week.  This time, I did not hold my breath.  Good thing,  as he did not rule last week.  Still in limbo and guess what, we had snow today.

Still no action! November 29, 2011

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There has been no ruling by the Judge on the motion I filed Nov. 2010 asking to consolidate everything for arbitration. As I mentioned before, the Library Board opposed the motion and asked to dismiss the case because they claimed sovereign immunity.  In the months that followed, nothing happened.  In May, 2011, I asked for a status hearing which was the only legal action I could take to move the case along. In June a date was set for July 22, for the status hearing.  When my lawyer went to the hearing, the Judge said  he had let the date, “slip through the cracks”,  and a new date would have to be set. After the June meeting to set the date, the Library’s insurance lawyer talked to my lawyer and said the library wanted to settle the case and were ready to pay the contract amount and some toward lawyer fees.  I was delighted to hear the case might be settled.  When the agreed upon phone conference between my lawyer and the insurance lawyer was held, the insurance lawyer said we must have ” misunderstood” and that they had no interest in settling.  A new date was set for the status conference, August 3.

Watchcatlocal January 28, 2011

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I’m still waiting for the Judge to make a ruling on the Library Board’s motion to dismiss based on their claim of sovereign immunity.  It appears that there is no time limit on the amount of time a Judge can take before ruling. It has been three months of waiting.  I remain in the snow, in limbo.

Watchcatlocal: October 21, 2010

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The September hearing did take place, but was inconclusive.  The Judge asked for additional information from both sides.  The documents were provided on October 18, 2010, but will not be heard until November.  The Library Board and the Insurance Company continue to request that the case be dropped or heard by a jury.  I continue to ask for binding arbitration.  The Board’s most recent claim is that they have sovereign immunity.  I wonder why they waited over a year to make this claim.

It appears this is the time in the law suit that there are many delays at additional costs to both sides.  With a new library director in place, I thought the Board would want to settle the case.   I was wrong.

Watchcat Local: September 14, 2010

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The pre-trial hearing has been postponed until next Tuesday, Sept. 22.  The wheels of justice do move at a snails pace.  Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.

Watchcatglobal August 14, 2010

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Over the last five days in Göteburg, I have had the opportunity to talk and share ideas with librarians and information workers from all around the globe.  Some ideas are the same, just with different descriptive words.  Other thoughts are provoking and great for discussion.  Every evening, the public library, located on the main pedestrian street in the heart of town, hosts an informal night spot where conference participants can  gather and meet.

Watchcatglobal August 13, 2010

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I am attending the International Federation of Libraries meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden. This meeting is an opportunity to network with friends from around the globe and learn strategies for providing new information services. I would suggest you read any of the books by Swedish author, Henning Mankell,  the morning speaker or check into articles written by the keynote speaker, Jan Eliasson, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. He opened his remarks by saying that Gothenburg, his hometown, had given him both roots and wings. Both men emphasized the critical roles of libraries and librarians in our information society.

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