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3March 2021

Suit declares whistleblower retaliation at Quadriplegics United Versus Dependency’s Burnside place.

VIA GOOGLE MAPS - Burnside Station, a care home operated by Portland nonprofit QUAD Inc., is shown here. A former attendant at a Portland not-for-profit that looks after those dealing with impairments alleges she was fired due to racial discrimination, whistleblower retaliation– and for requesting for time off to recover from surgery, according to a brand-new suit. Lawyers for Marie Gertrude Jean Valmont are seeking a minimum of a quarter million dollars in damages from Quadriplegics United Versus Dependence, a regional nonprofit in Portland referred to as QUAD Inc.

. The match says Valmont was a difficult worker “cherished” by residents at QUAD’s Burnside Station center, 10610 E. Burnside St., earning her a promo last August to move lead and a one-dollar raise to $14.25 an hour.

The trouble began right after, per the lawsuits, when “Blayke Hopkins, a white female” was worked with as Valmont’s supervisor. Valmont is a Black lady of Haitian descent who speaks English with an accent, per the fit.

Valmont asked Hopkins for 12 weeks of time off in October, however was allegedly informed she didn’t receive short-term disability insurance coverage and therefore would not be spent for that time. The match declares Valmont had worked at the center for more than six months and did certify under the Oregon Family Leave Act.

On Oct. 18, Valmont raised issues about a colleague who apparently left their post and “declined to change the sheets of a citizen that were damp with urine,” the match says. The next day, two colleagues threatened to beat up Valmont and told her to “go back to Jamaica or anywhere you come from,” the fit declares.

The litigation says Valmont was disciplined over the occurrence and scolded by Hopkins for being “aggressive” and “not speaking English” effectively, but the other employees got no punishment. Valmont was sent out home that day.

On Oct. 20, Valmont took her issues to HR employee Alena Guggemos, but the only thing to come of it was Hopkins provided Valmont with a backdated final written warning, according to the match. Attorneys for Valmont say she had never ever been disciplined before. She was fired Oct. 26, the day before her scheduled surgery, the fit says.

The 11-page suit seeks $10,000 a month for lost salaries, plus $250,000 for emotional discomfort and suffering. It adds that Valmont had a special needs herself and her termination represnets a failture to accommodate it.

QUAD Inc. did not right away respond to an ask for comment. The nonprofit operates five buildings serving 125 low-income citizens in Portland, according to GuideStar. Lawyers Maya Rinta and J. Ashlee Albies are representing Valmont in the fit submitted March 2 in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Zane Sparling
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