Quinn files gender discrimination lawsuit against city of Vancouver

first_img Assistant City Attorney Debra Quinn has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court against the city of Vancouver alleging gender discrimination, retaliation, First Amendment violations, negligent supervision, equal protection violations, breach of implied contract and outrageous acts.Quinn names City Manager Eric Holmes, City Attorney Bronson Potter and Chief Assistant City Attorney Jonathan Young in the suit filed Nov. 21.Quinn filed a tort claim and whistleblower complaint with similar allegations against the city Sept. 20. Quinn cites her complaint in the suit and states the city failed to address her claims — an ongoing trend of neglect within the city, she said.The suit claims Holmes, Potter and Young engaged in a pattern of disparate treatment toward female employees that created a hostile work environment, culture of discrimination and retaliation for complaining about the environment.“Gender discrimination and these kinds of issues are very serious topics as we can see now in the news,” said Shelley Russell, Quinn’s attorney. “This is a situation where she went through the administrative channels, (and) we don’t feel it’s been sufficiently addressed. So she’s exercising her right to take the next step.”Specific claimsThe suit alleges that since Potter was hired in 2013, he has intentionally created a discriminatory and hostile work environment for women, minorities and women more than 40 years old. These actions include an incident in December 2013 when Potter referred to a female staff member as “the one with the big tits.” In October, Potter told The Columbian he made the statement but denied further allegations of derogatory comments. City Attorney Bronson Potter. last_img

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