Sarasota News Leader

07/26/2013

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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL? (From left) City Attorney Robert Fournier, City Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini and City Commissioners Paul Caragiulo and Willie Shaw. Photo by Norman Schimmel ALLEGING HARASSMENT IN THE AUDITOR AND CLERK'S OFFICE, THE CITY'S PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER IS RELOCATING TO THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The City of Sarasota's public information officer tried quietly to get herself transferred out of the Auditor and Clerk's Office earlier this month. But the plan went public at the City Commission budget workshops on July 16 and 17. The Sarasota News Leader requested a copy of a letter sent on behalf of Jan Thornburg to all five city commissioners, claiming "a hostile work environment" worsened her "various medical conditions." She hired Tampa labor law attorney Janet Wise to handle her case. A redacted copy of Wise's letter was provided on July 23, with sections concerning the medical condition blacked out to preserve ThornUnder Ms. Nadalini's management, burg's confidentiality Ms. Thornburg has been repeatedly under federal medical undermined and harassed in what privacy rules. The letappears to be an attempt to push Ms. ter requested "reasonThornburg out of the workplace. able accommodation" Janet Wise under the Americans Attorney with Disabilities Act.

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