Kentucky Commission on Human Rights acts on Knox County compensation, Richmond incident

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 8, 2012 

The Knox County Board of Education agreed to pay a $52,000 settlement to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights announced Wednesday.

According to a news release from the agency, Knox County teacher Cathy Rhoden claimed she was harassed, denied a promotion and denied reasonable accommodations by the board. The board agreed to compensate Rhoden, as well as to provide training to board members and principals. The commission will monitor the board for compliance for one year.

The human rights commission ruled to accept the conciliation at a public meeting in Bowling Green on Friday, the release said. At the meeting, members also decided to send a letter to Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes regarding an alleged act of discrimination over the Fourth of July weekend.

Cheri Chenault and Destiny Keith said they were having professional photos taken at E.C. Million Park in Richmond when a gatekeeper "made derogatory remarks about the couple's sexual orientation and ousted the couple and the photographer," the release said.

The commission "joins with the people of Richmond in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the brutal assault on the personal dignity of each of the victims in the E.C. Million Park," the letter read in part.

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