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Tuesday February 20th 2018



Union Gap Mayor Jim Lemon sued for sex discrimination and wrongful termination

The City of Union Gap and its Mayor Jim Lemon are being sued by former city clerk Kathryn Thompson.

According to the complaint, Thompson was placed on administrative leave and scheduled to be fired by Lemon as retaliation for her participation in an unrelated workplace discrimination investigation in late 2011.

The lawsuit mentions a number of claims of sexual discrimination against Lemon during the past four years, including alleged comments he made about Thompson’s physical appearance and that of other women who worked in or were being interviewed for jobs at City Hall.

According to the complaint, “On several occasions, Mayor Lemon slammed doors in (Thompson’s) face and spontaneously flew into rages at her.”

Lemon and the city are also being sued by former Union Gap Fire Chief Bill Steele for $1.5 million in damages for wrongful termination, defamation and age discrimination.


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