Three of eight high-ranking city employees laid off in April purportedly due to budgetary reasons claim it was instead a result of age discrimination.
Former fire chief Larry Clark, fire marshal Howard Rosenberg and community development director Ernie Rubi are seeking $3.3 million in damages from the city.
The men allege the mayor and city council members used the budget crunch as an excuse to get rid of them, and have since approved pay raises for city employees and hired new ones to replace them.
Their attorney, Andre Carman, said no lawsuit has been filed, but they have served a “notice of claim” on city officials named as defendants. In addition to Mayor Bill Diak and city councilors, the list includes City Manager Rick Olson, former co-city-manager Bryan Hill and city finance director Linda Watson. The city is also named as a defendant.
The notice is required before a lawsuit can be filed, and the defendants have 180 days to respond to the claims. If they don’t, Clark, Rosenberg and Rubi can file suit, according to Carman, whose law firm is in Prescott.For the complete article see the 11-07-2012 issue.
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