Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017|4:16 p.m.
RENO– 2 ladies whose complaints assisted lead to the termination of former Reno City Supervisor Andrew Clinger in 2015 have actually submitted an unwanted sexual advances lawsuit versus city.
The lawsuit filed in federal court on Aug. 1 reveal for the first time the names of the females who came forward with accusations Clinger had created a sexually hostile office and after that retaliated versus them for complaining about it.
Deanna Gescheider, the city’s former interactions director, and Maureen McKissick, former assistant to the city supervisor, both resigned from the city late in 2015.
Reno City Lawyer Karl Hall informed the Reno Gazette-Journal the accusations in the claim lack benefit. He’s pledging to protect the city but says he will designate the case to the deputy city attorney.
The suit could be expensive for the city, which has actually already spent $225,000 investigating the grievances. Unfruitful settlement negotiations earlier this year fixated a $1.8 million demand from the ladies’s attorney.
The suit primarily restates the accusations against Clinger that emerged in two independent investigations carried out by the city, consisting of that he rubbed Gescheider’s thigh throughout a work conference and sent her raunchy messages using a phone app that destroyed the interaction after it was sent out.
The lawsuit likewise alleges that Clinger subjected McKissick to a hostile workplace by favoring a more youthful female employee and reassigning work from that lady to McKissick. The lawsuit states Clinger promoted hostility between McKissick and the other employee.
Both Gescheider and McKissick suffered “emotional distress, worry and stress and anxiety, and loss of pleasure of life,” as an outcome of Clinger’s behavior, the suit argues. A 3rd lady who grumbled about Clinger’s habits did not join the federal claim
Soon after his termination, Clinger was worked with by Gov. Brian Sandoval as a senior adviser. He did not respond to a request for comment.
Neither of the city’s 2 independent examinations found sufficient evidence to substantiate that Clinger touched Gescheider’s leg with sexual intent or that he made sexual advances towards her. The second examination, however, verified Clinger had actually used the Telegraph app that ruined his interactions with Gescheider.
The 2nd investigation also found that McKissick was “victimized by a less than professional workplace environment.”