by Pam Zubeck
No Hispanic occupies a position within the Street Division at the level of supervisor or manager. White male employees at the level of supervisor and manager receive different and better treatment than females and Hispanic employees.In the lawsuit, Montemayor names the city, former Public Works Director David Lethbridge (a controversial figure from the time former Mayor Steve Bach hired him), and Streets Manager Corey Farkas.
Plaintiff was forced out of employment and Defendants’ actions were part of a pattern and practice that denied to Hispanic workers and persons of color advancement and retention in high ranking management positions, and dissuaded high ranking Hispanic workers at middle management
positions to leave employment.
The most recent appointee to arrange a departure is Dave Lethbridge, interim public works director. But he's still on the payroll at $152,087 a year despite the hiring of Travis Easton, former mayor of Monument, who began work as the new public works director on Monday.The Montemayor lawsuit seeks:
In a response to the Indy's CORA request, the city labeled Lethbridge an "Active, Regular Employee," and said he'll be paid through Dec. 31.
In a "transition agreement" obtained under CORA, Chief of Staff Steve Cox tells Lethbridge he will work regular hours through Aug. 31. From Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, Cox writes, "you will be permitted to primarily telecommute," remain eligible for fringe benefit programs, and even be allowed to "pursue other employment opportunities" if it complies with the city's conflict-of-interest policy and if that second job can be done without interfering with his city duties.
(1) Back pay and benefits.Here's the lawsuit:
(2) Damages in front pay and loss of benefits that would have been earned, including retirement benefits.
(3) Compensatory damages for injuries suffered, including damages for emotional upset, distress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, and medical and counseling expenses.
(4) Removal from Plaintiff’s personnel file negative information and prohibit Defendants from giving out negative information about the Plaintiff.
(5) Punitive damages against Defendant Lethbridge and Defendant Farkas.
(6) Equitable relief that is proper.
(7) Attorney’s fees and costs as provided by statute, including Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000 e-5, and 42 U.S.C. §1988.
(8) Other relief that is appropriate and necessary .222. Plaintiff requests a trial by jury on all issues