Jury selection begins in Eugene Tuesday for the discrimination case brought by Serena Markstrom against The Register-Guard newspaper. Forty-eight prospective jurors will be whittled down to twelve, possibly by the end of the day.
In a pre-trial hearing this morning, Lane County Circuit Judge Josephine Mooney hashed out language for statements and instructions to jurors.
Markstrom was an entertainment reporter with the register-guard for 13 years before being fired in 2014 while on maternity leave. The Guard Publishing Company denies firing her because she was pregnant and contends Markstrom was terminated for insubordination, dishonesty and destroying evidence in the form of emails and texts.
The trial is expected to wrap up by September 1st.