Former Putnam County worker wins case against commissioners

OTTAWA — A former Putnam County maintenance custodian has won her sick pay in a small claims case against the Putnam County Commissioners in Putnam County Municipal Court.

Patricia Clementz, of Cloverdale, has been awarded $2,664.51, which after deductions would result in the amount claimed of $1,916.58. The ruling was made by a visiting judge, John T. Rohrs III.

Clementz filed the claim against the commissioners seeking her sick pay after being discharged on Aug. 28, 2013.

Clementz had requested, with her doctor’s orders, a change in the description of her work duties due to certain disabilities, according to records in the county commissioners’ office.

The commissioners denied her request, stating she was unable to perform the essential job duties of her position.

Clementz said she is pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“Thanks to family and friends who were supportive, (and) demanded and encouraged me to go through with this,” Clementz said. The judgment speaks for itself.”

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