CREATED Nov. 16, 2012
NAPLES, Fla.- A former Collier County employee's lawsuit is alleging discrimination and retaliation will cost taxpayers more than $60,000 dollars.
David Scribner worked for 6 years in Collier County Code Enforcement as the manager of investigations. He says the workplace went from professional to hostile.
"Why did you end up quitting your job?" asked Fox 4 Reporter Julie Salomone.
"It was such a hostile work environment when I had people afraid to even talk to me," said Scribner.
In 2008, Scribner first complained of gender discrimination against the department's director Diane Flagg.
"It was pretty clear to me from the beginning that Ms. Flagg had issues with me," said Scribner.
Scribner had complained to Flagg's boss and Human Resources in 2008 and then he said retaliation started.
"This wasn't an issue you just couldn't take orders from a female?" Fox 4 asked.
"I have worked for females all my life. My previous boss was a female," said Scribner.
Scribner then filed an EEOC complaint in 2009. He quit his job that same year.
According to the EEOC complaint, Scribner says, "I was being treated differently than females in the department...On 11/4/2008 I was assigned to work outside my department area and given clerical which had been done by entry level employees at 10 pay grades below mine. I was stripped of all supervisory duties."
According to EEOC records, investigators were unable to conclude if a violation occurred so Scribner filed a federal discrimination lawsuit in 2010.
"Why did you file a federal lawsuit?" Fox asked.
"I felt that the situation was just going to continue and no one wanted to do anything about it."
Fox 4 went to Collier County Code Enforcement to get Flagg's side of the story.
Fox 4 was directed to the county's attorney who told me us no comment and pointed us to an executive summary where he recommended the board of county commissioners approve a settlement agreement. The board approved the settlement this week for just over $61,000.
"Do you think taxpayer money is being wasted?" asked Fox 4 reporter Julie Salomone.
"I do. Absolutely do. This didn't need to go to court. This could have been resolved if there are people doing their jobs and following through on policies."
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