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Tuesday February 20th 2018



Former Murray Animal Control Division employee files hostile work environment lawsuit

Dianna Johnson, who worked for Utah’s Murray City in the Animal Control Division, is suing the city and Police Chief Peter Fondaco for sex discrimination and retaliation.  The Animal Control Division is operated under the control and supervision of the Murray City Police Department.

Johnson claims that her supervisor, Cory Bowman, subjected her and other female employees to a hostile work environment that included regularly screaming at Johnson and her coworkers, calling them obscenities such as “bitch” and “cunt,” throwing an object at Johnson, and making derogatory racist comments in front of the female employees.

According to the complaint, “Bowman also abused animals in the community and those in the shelter.”  Johnson claims that Bowman euthanized animals that she and her coworkers liked “just to upset them,” that Bowman “pulled the head off a live kitten,” and that he often sprayed dogs with mace.

Johnson claims that she and her coworkers complained numerous times to HR and Murray City about Bowman’s behavior but nothing was done to stop the harassment.  On the contrary, the lawsuit alleges that Peter Fondaco “intentionally retaliated against Ms. Johnson for her complaints.”


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