Cherry Hills Village sued by fired whistleblowers for sexual discriminatory workplace and more
Cherry Hills Village is one of the most exclusive communities in the State of Colorado -- but behind all that wealth and glamor is a city government marked by a discriminatory and hostile work environment in which sexism is allowed to thrive and whistleblowers are promised protection if they speak out only to be sacked when they say things the powers that be don't like. These are among the claims in a lawsuit filed against the city and its manager by three ex-employees, including a former acting police chief and a veteran prosecutor.
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The first plaintiff named in the lawsuit is Jody Sansing, who worked for Cherry Hills Village for fifteen years; he was serving as acting chief of police/deputy police chief at the time of his June 2012 dismissal. He's joined by Suzanne Rogers, who spent seventeen years working as a prosecutor for the community before being sacked in December 2011, and Michelle Edwardson, an animal control officer who was "constructively terminated" the previous June. Edwardson's experiences triggered a number of other problems, the lawsuit maintains.
Cherry Hills Village denies any wrongdoing in a statement on view below in its entirety.
The complaint was filed by Holland, Holland Edwards & Grossman, whose namesakes are John Holland, Erica Grossman and Anna Holland Edwards. Holland is well-known for having represented Alex Landau, whose brutal beating by Denver police led to a $795,000 settlement. More recently, the firm sued the City of Denver over the botched 911 call that led to the death of Jimma Reat last year.
The statement of facts section in the 62-page document, also shared below, lays out the allegations, many of which are aimed directly at John Patterson, former Cherry Hills Village police chief and current city manager. In addition to targeting the town, the lawsuit names Patterson individually. He, too, denies any wrongdoing.
According to the suit, Edwardson was forced to leave her animal-control job due to what is described as "the permeating and extreme hostile work environment she endured on a daily basis, and was unable to correct despite multiple efforts, which was intolerably created and maintained by Defendant Patterson as part of a pattern and practice of sex/gender discrimination engaged in by him towards some female subordinates."
Examples? Edwardson asserts that Patterson regularly yelled at her in front of co-workers, often voicing his view that she was "tough enough," that a man could do her job better, and that she "shouldn't use female charms to get what she wanted."
Other alleged comments: "Women think they can get whatever they want," "women manipulate men," "women make men crazy," "women should not be officers" and "women suck the life out of you."
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