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Details revealed in settlement with city of Elyria

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    Honey Howard Rothschild poses for a photo in her campaign for Elyria Municipal Judge in 2009. The city recently settled a lawsuit with Rothschild that alleged discrimination and other civil rights violations.

    CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE FILE

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ELYRIA — After settling a federal discrimination lawsuit with the city, Assistant City Prosecutor Honey Rothschild will receive $18,600 and a promotion from part time to full time in the city Law Director’s Office.

The details of Rothschild’s settlement were made public Wednesday, after Elyria City Council voted Tuesday to end the matter and settle the July lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Rothschild, who is African-American and has worked in the Law Director’s Office since 1995, alleged in the suit that she had been passed over for promotion multiple times in the past 23 years. Meanwhile, she alleged, she watched as multiple younger, Caucasian employees were promoted to full-time status instead of her.

Elyria Law Director Scott Serazin said Wednesday that effective Feb. 1, Rothschild will be promoted to full time, and she and her attorney will share an $18,600 payment. The money will come from the city’s insurance, he said.

Rothschild will continue working for the city for one year and retire Jan. 31, 2020, according to the settlement.

“We were happy to get Ms. Rothschild the promotion she had long sought but had been denied,” her attorney, Shawn Romer, said Wednesday.

“I think it’s time for it. It’s a good settlement for all parties concerned,” Serazin said. “We’ll move on and hopefully this will be behind us.”

Rothschild also filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the city in 2000, according to federal court records and Chronicle-Telegram archives, alleging she had been passed over for promotion multiple times and subjected to harassment from city officials.

That complaint was resolved in January 2002 with Rothschild keeping her job along with a promise to receive “meaningful consideration” for a full-time position in the Law Director’s Office. The city also paid her $25,000 “as compensation for pain and suffering,” along with $15,000 in attorney fees, records show.

Contact Dave O’Brien at 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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