After launching an internal investigation last month into their HR Department, the City of Naperville has taken disciplinary action against one of their employees.
The City’s Communication Manager, Linda LaCloche said that the investigation included three categories. Both the gender discrimination and retaliation category investigations were not substantiated. However, some of the claims of a hostile work environment were found to be true.
As a result, Dwight Pancottine, who served as interim director of HR and is currently a labor relations attorney was given a one-day unpaid suspension, LaCloche confirmed. It was also found actions of Dennis Stone, a former city compensation and benefits manager contributed to a hostile work environment. Stone resigned last month.
LaCloche said that the city has been reminding employees to speak up if they feel something inappropriate is happening because the employees’ safety is a high priority.
“It is of the utmost importance our employees feel safe,” LaCloche said. “That’s the least we can do for them. They deserve that for all the hard work they do.”
LaCloche also said during this fiscal year all employees will be required to re-take diversity and respectful work environment training that is typically required every other year.
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