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Sexual harassment complaint filed against city employee

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is telling Chattanooga to do something about a city department manager accused of sexual harassment.

In a determination letter recently issued, area EEOC director Sarah L. Smith found "evidence exists to establish that the Charging Party, and a class of individuals, were sexually harassed and retaliated against."

The letter states a city employee filed an internal complaint accusing director of general services manager Paul Page of sexual harassment. That complaint was filed with the city in December 2008, a month after Page was placed on a "corrective action plan" for violating Chattanooga's sexual harassment policies. The EEOC letter reveals that the city gave Page a "last chance warning" on December 4, 2008, but federal investigators found that instead of looking into the December 2008 complaint, the worker was laid off. The city later re-hired the complainant to work at a different office.

EEOC procedure gives the city an opportunity to take remedial action through a settlement between all parties and the EEOC. If Chattanooga refuses to comply to EEOC standards, the agency will seek a court enforcement against the city.

City spokesman Richard Beeland referred our call for comment to the city attorney, as litigation is pending.

As for Page's job status, Beeland did confirm that Page remains an employee of the city.

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