Thursday, February 8, 2018

Another City Hall Employee Files Letter of Complaint

A second female Middletown City Hall employee has filed a formal letter of complaint with the city's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.  Other complaints have been filed by Board of Education Human Resource Manager Michele DiMauro, and employee Linda Reed who has requested to speak about her role as Zoning Enforcement Officer
 to the attorney hired to investigate the mayor's office.

"I think it becomes harder for the city to say, 'there's nothing wrong here," when there are multiple complaints," said UPSEU (mid-level managers' union) local president Geen Thazhampallath, who is also the city's Director of Parking.

Debbie Stanley, Recreation Manager, filed the complaint on January 30 after reading a letter sent by city attorney Brig Smith to the Common Council on January 25 indicating that he anticipated Stanley's complaint.

Stanley's letter claims that Mayor Dan Drew "targeted me, based on my gender and political affiliations and in turn impacted my tangible work benefits."

Smith's letter was written to inform the Common Council that the city's insurer, CIRMA, (Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency) had assigned Attorney Mike Rose
to represent the City and its officers in regards to the Common Council investigation into the discrimination complaint by Board of Education Manager of Human Resources Michele DiMauro.

Thazhampallath calls DiMauro's complaint less about a dispute in pay level and more about "principal and honor."  He feels that DiMauro's willingness to challenge the city inspired other women who feel they have been wronged to speak out.

Smith explains in his letter that the outside attorney is necessary because "of the potential liability to the City for Ms. DiMauro's claims" and because "the investigation places my office in a conflict of interest."

A local grievance hearing on the DiMauro complaint by the city Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has been held, but a finding has not been issued. One is expected as early as early as Friday February 9.

"I hope this investigation will lead to a cultural and organizational shift in the way City Hall operates," Thazhampallath said.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure there will be more women joining this movement. The disparity in salaries, treatment and promotional opportunity is significant in Middletown government with this Mayor.

Anonymous said...

The treatment these women are receiving from their employer (the City of Middletown, CT), may not be sexual abuse or harassment but it is surely gender abuse in the workplace. This is a national issue and fits in time and place with the “ME TOO” movement. Women’s salaries in the White House are a minimum of 35% less than their male co-workers. I’ll bet Mayor Drew finds this practice abhorrent when it’s situated in the White House.

Anonymous said...

Where's "My name is Ed. What's your's?" The mayor needs you to slam these anonymous posters.