Former Deputy City Manager Sues City of Hanford for FEHA Violations

Mary Lindsay, former Deputy City Manager of the City of Hanford, recently filed a FEHA lawsuit in Los Angeles County against the City of Hanford, Hilary Straus and Pam McCarthy. Both Straus and McCarthy are former City Managers.

Lindsay, represented by Fresno attorney Peter Sean Bradley, alleges after making complaints to her superiors about Straus’ “harassment and discrimination against women” that Straus retaliated against Lindsay. Straus is also alleged to have engaged in age discrimination by “establishing a program to force the retirement of older employees” because “they are too old and/or unwilling to change.”

Straus left the City of Hanford and eventually defendant McCarthy became interim City Manager. Lindsay alleges that McCarthy continued the retaliation by preventing Lindsay from supervising her subordinates.

As a result of the stress, Lindsay filed a workers’ compensation claim.

In this lawsuit, Lindsay’s FEHA causes of action include retaliation, disability discrimination, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, hostile work environment and failure to prevent discrimination/harassment.

Discovery in this case should be interesting, to say the least.

A copy of the complaint is here.

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