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An employment discrimination case filed against Jefferson City is close to being resolved.

In December, former transit employee Catrina Davis filed suit against Jefferson City and Richard Turner, transit division director, alleging she was terminated for being pregnant.

According to Missouri Case.net, in a counsel status hearing held Friday, Turner’s attorney Jane Drummond advised the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the case.

According to the suit filed Dec. 21, Davis was seeking actual damages for past and future lost income and an award of compensatory and punitive damages.

The suit brought three counts against the city, including discrimination based on sex, unlawful retaliation and unlawful discrimination practice. Turner faces counts of discrimination based on sex and unlawful retaliation.

The suit stated Davis had worked as a bus driver for more than one year when she found out she was four weeks pregnant on Jan. 12, 2012. Davis reported having severe morning sickness associated with her pregnancy and took several sick days because of it. The suit alleges Turner made comments during a meeting with Davis that she was abusing sick time because of her pregnancy.

According to the suit, Davis then was placed on leave without pay under the Family and Medical Leave Act on Feb. 24, 2012, after being told by her doctor that she could not lift more than 25 pounds. She alleges the city did not accommodate her work restriction and refused to temporarily switch her paratransit route to a non-paratransit route.

The suit states she was terminated May 16.

At the end of August, the suit states Davis applied for a posted job opening with the city as a bus driver. She was interviewed for the position at the end of September and was informed by the city that she did not get the job Oct. 3.

Drew Hilpert, city attorney, declined to comment about the case and any possible resolution, saying “we are still litigating, and I do not believe it would be proper to make any comment during pending litigation.”

In January, Hilpert had said the city denies the allegations and would go into litigation.

Attorneys representing Davis, Turner and Jefferson City did not return calls for comment.

Another counsel status hearing is scheduled for May 31.

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