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Claim of bias stands in YWCA discrimination case

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BLOOMINGTON — YWCA McLean County has lost an appeal of a decision by the Bloomington Human Relations Commission ordering damages in a racial and gender discrimination complaint.

McLean County Judge Rebecca Foley sided with former YWCA employee Eric Tapley, who was awarded $67,647.66 in damages, fines and attorney fees after hearings in September.

Tapley, a black man, alleged he was fired after an argument with a white female intern, who was allowed to continue her internship.

The YWCA asked for a court review of the damage claim in January.

In her ruling issued Tuesday, Foley found that sufficient evidence exists for Tapley's accusations against the organization.

Tapley's lawyer Melissa McGrath said Tuesday that he has waited months for a resolution of the litigation.

"If the YWCA pursues further avenue to the appellate court, it will be based only on seeking further delay of the inevitable. The YWCA would be better off addressing the discriminatory practices to ensure others are not discriminated against," said McGrath.

A spokeswoman for the YWCA said the agency had not yet seen the ruling.

Follow Edith Brady-Lunny on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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