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Former official’s fight with Redlands over medical benefits continues with new discrimination charge

Former human resources director Amy Hagan has filed a second federal discrimination charge against Redlands in six months.
The new gender-based charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is over medical benefits Hagan says she is owed .
In the charge, she said she was denied lifetime medical benefits that were a part of her severance package, but that “similarly situated co-workers” were granted the benefits.
“I believe I was discriminated against because of my sex – female in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Hagan wrote in the charge.
The charge was signed in December, but the city received it in mid-February.
“We understand from EEOC representatives that the recent federal government ‘shutdown’ affected the EEOC’s operations,” City Attorney Daniel McHugh said in an email.
The commission requested a statement from the city within 30 days. It was not known Thursday, March 14, whether the city had yet filed a response.

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The City Council discussed the complaint in closed session on March 5, but no reportable action was announced.
In September, Hagan filed a charge with the EEOC claiming the city failed to put an end to sexual harassment by her then-supervisor, former city manager N. Enrique Martinez, who has denied the charges . The council fired him in November , though the city never gave a reason why.
A commission spokesman said the agency tries to mediate between both parties, and if that does not work, it will investigate. The length of the process varies, and due to confidentiality rules, the commission won’t share its findings unless it files a lawsuit against the city. The commission has not announced such a lawsuit.

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