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Tempe, AZ: (Dec-20-07) Valerie Hernandez, former Tempe human resources director, brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging that she faced retaliation after reporting an information leak and refusing to obey discriminatory hiring directives from a City Council member. She stated that she was fired because she told the City Attorney's Office about city employee leaking information from a closed-door City Council executive-session meeting and for refusing to obey the hiring directives she said an unidentified council member gave her. Records state that Hernandez sought payment of just over $869,000 in lost wages and benefits from Tempe, threatening to sue for more than $1 million. Hernandez was a 20-year city employee who was generally well-liked and well-respected. She worked in the Human Resources Department during her tenure with Tempe. She had been manager of the department since 2003.

As part of a settlement reached, Hernandez agreed to accept a $337,000 settlement, though has not withdrawn her allegations. Under the deal, she has agreed not to pursue them in court or talk about them. City officials denied the allegations, but stated that the payout was to avoid the costs and distractions related to litigation. [AZ CENTRAL: HR FIRED]

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Published on Dec-21-07


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