True North nonprofit organization of Columbia condemns EEOC lawsuit

Friday, October 1, 2010 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — True North Inc. denied allegations of wrongdoing by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a statement released Friday.

The statement comes a day after the commission filed for a lawsuit against the nonprofit organization. The lawsuit comes in the wake of accusations that a former employee, Nancy Gause, was fired and a current employee, Tracie Lawson, was demoted unlawfully.

The pair claims that the action came just two weeks after they filed a complaint against the then-executive director, Leigh Voltmer, for inappropriate contact with staff members.

Voltmer has since resigned from her position at True North, though the reason for her resignation is not known. She was unable to be reached for comment.

True North, an organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, condemned the lawsuit, stating in a press release, “It is unclear what the EEOC’s motives are in using its expansive authority to aggressively pursue an action against True North.”

They also stated that the actions against Gause and Lawson were “legitimate” and for “non-retaliatory reasons.”

President of True North of Columbia, Laura Crouch, declined to give further comment.

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