PHOENIX - In a letter sent to the Phoenix Mayor and City Manager, District 6 councilman Sal DiCiccio is asking a new task force be created to investigate the city's sexual harassment and promotion policies for women.
The request is in connection to a sex harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a female firefighter with the city.
Below is a copy of the letter written by DiCiccio:
Dear Mayor Stanton and City Manager David Cavazos:
In light of the recent sexual harassment claim against the City of Phoenix Fire Department and the tepid reaction from staff regarding such claims, I am strongly requesting the City of Phoenix conduct a thorough review of all our sexual harassment policies and those pertaining the promotion of women.
I am requesting we assemble internal staff, members of our labor groups, members of the community and city leadership to thoroughly review our current policies and recommend changes.
I would also like us to review our advancement policies to ensure that women in particular are not passed over for promotion, as was alleged in the complaint. This should also encompass our policies relating to promotions and any changes needed.
My office has received complaints by women concerned about the current work environment at the City of Phoenix, concerns I believe to be valid. This tells me that a thorough review of our current policies is needed. Doing so would also send a message to all our employees and citizens that we take this issue seriously and will make needed changes if necessary.
I would be interested in serving on this panel or task force.
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