Plumbing Employee Strikes Metropolis of Pensacola with Gender Discrimination Lawsuit – Authorized Reader
The city of Pensacola was recently hit by a former employee of a sex discrimination lawsuit.
A Pensacola city worker recently filed a lawsuit against the city on allegations that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender while working in the city’s sanitation department. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court on behalf of Cindy Citarella, argues that the city “violated her civil rights when she was demoted to office assistant by a manager after her plumbing bosses made derogatory comments about working with women “. To make matters worse, the suit claims John Pittman, the director of hygiene, and immediate boss Fred Crenshaw said, “There was a lack of respect for Citarella because she was a woman.”
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Pitman was hired to oversee the plumbing department back in 2019. During the talks with Citarella, Pittman reportedly told her that he “left his previous job to come to Pensacola because he could not work with women”. Another manager, Willis Fails, also allegedly said that “he” would “get” that white Cindy, according to the lawsuit.
At the time, Citarella was working as an operations manager in the department. Crenshaw, however, “regularly encouraged her work crew to circling her for work assignments and days off, yelling at her and assigning her work tasks such as driving a garbage truck that was not part of their job description and worsened neck and neck injuries.” In 2019, raising concerns to the city’s human resources department, nothing changed.
Then when a position as a garden litter supervisor was opened, Citarella showed an interest in applying. According to the lawsuit, Pittman told her to apply like everyone else, so she did. Then, in January 2020, she was called to Pittman’s office where she was told she could not apply because her departure would cause too many problems. She was instructed to “throw away her application”. As a result, she was not interviewed for the position.
To make matters worse, Crenshaw ordered her “not to speak to anyone in the plumbing department office” in February 2020. During a meeting with Human Resources and Assistant Prosecutor Heather Lindsey on February 24, 2020 regarding their discrimination complaints, Citarella was suggested to “get a new job and start over,” the lawsuit said. On the same day, Citarella was “informed that she had been transferred from her position as supervisor to a position as office assistant in fleet management.” Your managerial role was assigned to a male employee depending on the lawsuit.
As part of the lawsuit, Citarella is seeking a court order that would allow her to resume her position as manager. She also demands reimbursement and punitive damages against the city.
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