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City looking into discrimination complaint after employee quit

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Susan Frick Carlman
scarlman@stmedianetwork.com | @scarlman
May 30 12:45 p.m.

Internal investigations have begun in Naperville after an employee in the Human Resources Department resigned earlier this month, alleging discriminatory treatment on the part of some members of upper management.

The series of charges is outlined in a confidential memo submitted May 2 to the mayor and City Council and obtained this week by The Sun.

The eight-year staff member claims employees in the department have been directed by some to disobey the city manager at times and were subjected to insults and intimidation.

Superiors named in the memo — whose identities are being withheld by The Sun because the charges have yet to be substantiated — also are accused by the former worker of smoking marijuana while attending conferences and managing their own businesses while on the city clock. The employee additionally alleges inappropriate comments made by some top staff members outside the HR division.

“Maintaining a Human Resources Department that sets the proper tone and reflects the values that have been adopted by the organization, is seen as a resource for management and employees to resolve issues in a professional and respectful way, and promotes a psychologically healthy work environment is critical to a successful organization,” the departing staff member wrote.

The memo maintains that the issues raised within it were presented to top administrative staff, who did not respond to the employee’s concerns.

City spokeswoman Linda LaCloche confirmed that multiple investigations are under way in-house, and an additional inquiry has been launched involving outside counsel retained by the city. She declined to provide additional comment on the situation, citing the ongoing probes.

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