St. Louis County Board approves $150,000 settlement with former jail worker

In entering into the agreement, the county did not admit to the discrimination claims.


The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $150,000 settlement with a single mother who said she was fired from her corrections job for calling into work one time to deal with a sick child.

The board approved the settlement without discussion at its meeting Tuesday in Virginia, ending litigation with Jamie Berg.

Berg sued in 2018, claiming she was fired after calling in to deal with her son's acute respiratory problem. But the county argued in court filings that Berg was terminated "because of her repeated lies concerning her absence from work on Sept. 20-21, 2017, which caused St. Louis County to lose trust and confidence in her."

"We're entering into this agreement solely to avoid the burden and expense associated with any potential further litigation," County Administrator Kevin Gray said Tuesday. "It should not be construed as an admission by the county that the claims asserted by this individual are valid or that we are liable."

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or
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