Madison County taxpayers are learning that retaliation comes at a steep price. Mary Parker, an employee of the county's Regional Office of Education, complained because she was paid about $13,000 a year less than a male counterpart. Rather than pay her equally, she eventually was laid off.
If her boss thought this was a way to save some money, it was very short-sighted. The county just agreed to pay Parker $487,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit.
Ironically, it's not the pay differential that landed the county in hot water. Actually, a jury concluded that gender was not the reason she was paid less. But jurors believed she was retaliated against because she complained.
Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber is running for re-election. Wonder how he will explain to the voters that $487,000 bill on his watch.