Librarian accused of poor people skills drops case

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

GOBLES, Mich. - A librarian in southwestern Michigan who refused a transfer after being accused of mistreating visitors is dropping her discrimination lawsuit.

Shirley Whitt says she expects to get a "minuscule" amount of money to end her federal lawsuit against the Van Buren District Library in Van Buren County.

An email seeking comment was sent to a library attorney Friday.

The 67-year-old Whitt retired in 2011 instead of accepting a transfer. The library, located west of Kalamazoo, says patrons regularly complained about her "poor demeanor" and "unwelcoming attitude."

It denies any discrimination in trying to move her to the Decatur branch from Gobles. Whitt was a librarian for about 25 years.

She denies being a grumpy librarian and blames the complaints partly on kids who were denied access to computers.

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