A former employee has filed charges with the Utah Industrial Commission against Richfield City and Mayor Jay C. Andersen, contending the city retaliated and discriminated against her because of action she took against the city in June.
The charges were filed with the Commission's Anti-Discrimination Division by Gayla J. Schmidt, who was a seasonal worker for the city for more than five years. She was terminated June 16 after being informed by the mayor that the city didn't have funds to pay her and there was no more work for her.Andersen said the city is waiting to hear from the commission before making a statement on the charges.
Schmidt contends she was "subjected to acts of disparate treatment" after the filing and settlement of a sex discrimination charge in June. She claims she was restricted to a work area while on breaks and during lunch periods and was denied employment opportunity, and was the target of "threats of disciplinary actions and other unequal treatment."
The former employee claimed she opposed the city's "disparate treatment" against her and that discrimination and termination followed. "I have cause to believe that my termination is an act of retaliation because of my opposition to the respondent's (city's) discriminatory employment practices," Schmidt contended in the charges.