This afternoon at 4:00 pm, five city employees represented by attorney Bill Merriman filed suit against the City of Parkersburg over hostile work environment and sexual harassment charges.
The five suits are related to the scandal rocking the city administration – Mayor Bob Newell’s affair with FinanceDirector Ashley Flowers as documented on a flash drive that has been widely circulated throughout the community and beyond.
The employees allege a cause of action called outrage; negligent supervision and negligent training on sexual harassment issues in the workplace. They are also claiming the negligent infliction of emotional distress. They allege that for at least one year they have been without the ability to go to a supervisor because of the relationship.
“Would you want your daughter working in that atmosphere and being subjected to this kind of conduct?” Merriman said.
Newell has so far again declined to comment.
More tomorrow – likely only on the River City News Network!
(Editorial note: How much longer can the local lamestream media continue to suppress this story?)