November 18, 2002 11:00 pm

A multi-million dollar lawsuit against Union County, Union County Sheriff Steve Oliver and Union County Undersheriff Dana Wright is proceeding with pre-trial motions expected to be made next month.

Deloris Pooley, a former Union County jail deputy who is seeking more than $20 million for alleged sexual discrimination and supposed violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will have her first day in court in December.

"We have completed discovery and are now in the motion phase," said Elizabeth McKanna, a Portland lawyer representing Pooley.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2001, alleges discrimination based on Pooley being a victim of domestic violence and based on her gender. Among other charges, it alleges that Pooley was wrongfully discharged and was inflicted with emotional distress.

Dec. 18 has been set for arguments on motions in U.S. District Court in Portland, McKanna said.

Pooley had filed her lawsuit with the help of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and McKanna Bishop Joffe Attorneys.

After the filing of the lawsuit with its claims, the attorneys requested an indefinite extension for the discovery period.

"The wheels of justice turn slowly," McKanna noted.

— T.L. Petersen