Memo is focus of prosecutor’s discrimination trial

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A memo sent by a former prosecutor was a focus of a trial in U.S. District Court in Sioux City alleging discrimination by a former U.S. attorney.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1aTixjD ) one of former prosecutor Martha Fagg’s supervisors cautioned her about sending the memo to then-U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose. The memo raised concerns that a personnel move could be seen as age discrimination.

Retired assistant U.S. attorney Janet Petersen testified Tuesday that she recommended Fagg tone down some of her language.

Fagg claims she ran into problems with Rose due to the memo. Less than a month after sending the memo, Fagg was disciplined and then ordered to temporarily transfer from Sioux City to Cedar Rapids. She later was fired.

Rose is now a federal judge.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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