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Appeals Court Sides With Grants Pass Woman In Gender Discrimination Case

Three Oregon Appeals Court judges are siding with a Grants Pass woman who lost her job at a cabinet-making firm after getting pregnant.

Katie Kemp was fired in March of 2005 by MasterBrand Cabinets, a national business that has an office in Grants Pass.

According to a report in The Statesman Journal, her job included stocking, pulling and transporting cabinet doors from the warehouse to the preparation area.

Kemp asked to be reassigned to other duties after her pregnancy, and alleged that her co-workers then made some hurtful remarks.

The suit says she spokes a human resources representative, but was told that she could be “in trouble” for complaining.

Kemp sued and won in Josephine County Circuit Court, where Judge Thomas Hull found that MasterBrand violated state laws against sex discrimination and retaliatory discharge.

MasterBrand appealed the June 2011 decision. But the Appeals Court judges say the lower court’s ruling should stand.

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