Car dealership, ex-employee settle discrimination lawsuit

2011-05-15T23:40:00Z Car dealership, ex-employee settle discrimination lawsuit

By TOM MORTON

Casper Star-Tribune ‌

The Billings Gazette

CASPER, Wyo. — A former employee of White’s Mountain Motors LLC and the Casper dealership have settled a federal sex and age discrimination lawsuit, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson on Tuesday granted the motion by Jo Snidow’s attorney, John Robinson, to dismiss the case. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court papers.

Robinson did not return a call seeking comment Friday.

Attorney James Worthen, who represented the dealership, said he was not at liberty to comment and would not discuss the terms of the settlement.

Snidow sued the dealership in late December, alleging a co-worker harassed her with comments and cellphone messages.

She was hired in February 2007, and co-worker Todd Callies — who had been previously fired for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct and then rehired — would make unwelcome comments about Snidow’s body and her age, according to the complaint. He also used his cellphone to send her lewd text messages and photos, the complaint said.

After she reported an incident in which she received a lewd message and photo, she saw Callies and the business’s management laughing at a meeting. White’s Mountain Motors fired Snidow on Jan. 10, 2008, according to the complaint.

She filed a charge of discrimination with the Wyoming Department of Employment on Feb. 25, 2008, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sent her a “notice of right to sue letter” dated Sept. 29, 2010.

Worthen represented the dealership when the Department of Employment investigated Snidow’s discrimination complaint, and said in January that the Department of Employment found no violation of federal or state law with her complaint.

Brad Follensbee, general manager of the dealership at 2400 E. Yellowstone Highway, said in January that the alleged incidents occurred before his arrival in June 2010.

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