published Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Federal agency says Chattanooga retaliated against sexual harassment victim


by Cliff Hightower
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    Paul Page, Chattanooga's director of general services

An investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that Chattanooga retaliated against a sexual harassment victim by assigning her to a different position at a different location.

Paul Page, the city’s director of general services, confirmed Thursday he was the target of the investigation.

“Based upon the investigation, I have determined that evidence exists to establish that the Charging Party, and a class of individuals, were sexually harassed and retaliated against,” Sarah L. Smith, EEOC area director, wrote in a letter written to Chattanooga.

The sexual harassment claim was filed by the complainant in December 2008, according to the letter.

Page was found to have violated the city’s sexual harassment policies once before after a complaint was filed in October 2008. In the incident, Page was placed on corrective action and disciplined by the city.

It was unclear Thursday morning whether the December 2008 complaint was a second one or the same complaint.

According to the EEOC letter, the city responded to the December complaint by saying the sexual harassment victim did not want to pursue the claim and that discontinued her protections under law.

The letter states the city must now meet with the EEOC to come to an adequate resolution of the complaint. If the city declines to enter into settlement discussions, the matter can go to court, the letter states.

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harrystatel said...

Does this mean Page will get a free seat at the Littlefield Film-fest?

Maybe Littlefield can raise money by auctioning off a date with Paul.

September 8, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

LOL! Good one harry...

September 8, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
harrystatel said...

"Paul Page will get a raise."

Should read,"Paul Page was trying to get a raise."

Now the pharmacy for the City Hall fellows makes sense.

Here's the new battle-cry for the Littlefield administration, "More taxes, More crime, More Viagra."

September 8, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Paul, the 1980s called and they want their clothes, ring and glasses back.

September 8, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.
jxlanger said...

Why does this guy still have a job? You can well believe that this complaint too will be swept under the City Hall rug!

September 8, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.
Selah said...

He should be fired or demoted, like yesturday. Why do we continue to allow mismanagement and leadership failure to continue in Hamilton Co. and Chattanooga? We are definitely moving forward?

September 8, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.
klugermann said...

Paul Page's 2010 salary - $95,594.42. Do we know if he got a raise with the latest rounds of increases? I believe he may have met the criteria given he didn't have an increase in the prior 3 years. It would be nice to know how the City is rewarding it's "most valuable" employees.

September 9, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
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