A former City of Mauldin employee says he was wrongfully terminated for exposing harassment and discrimination in the work place, according to a lawsuit filed in 2017.
According to the lawsuit, supervisor for the Parks and Grounds division Stanley Simpson was required to assist employees who felt they were subjected to racial or sexual harassment.
The lawsuit says allegations included a stripper pole was put up in an office with a sign offering a female employee more money if she used it. The document also claims a smoke bomb was thrown by white employees into a bus with three African-American employees on board and that a sewage spill washed into a retention pond for drinking water.
Immediately after he was identified as the person who was assisting with these incidents, Simpson said his job was posted on the City of Mauldin's website, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states that former city administrator Trey Eubanks called him into his office directly in July 2015 and "asked him if he was the person who helped with the technology that exposed the harassment and discrimination." When he admitted to it, Simpson claims in the lawsuit that he was written up.
Simpson said he was never informed that he was being removed from his position and applied for his own job, however he wasn't given an interview. Due to the stress of the position and physical ailment, the lawsuit says Simpson felt he had no choice but to resign.
He is suing the city and Eubanks for breach of contract and retaliation.
In a response filed, the city denied the allegations. Eubanks resigned from his position in May, although there is no indication at this time that it is connected to the lawsuit.
A memorandum in support of a motion for summary judgement was filed in the case on Friday.
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