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Suit against Wapato alleges harassment, wrongful termination

July 24, 2019

WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — Two former city of Wapato employees have filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging wrongful termination, intimidation and harassment.

The Yakima-Herald reports the lawsuit was filed in Yakima County Superior Court earlier this month by former city clerk Cindy Goodin and former clerk treasurer Robin Cordova.

The suit says Goodin sent messages to Wapato Mayor Dora Alvarez- Roa in December 2018 with concerns that former City Administrator Juan Orozco was engaging in theft, fraud, sexual harassment, and waste and misuse of government resources. The lawsuit says Alvarez-Roa fired her by text 17 minutes later.

The lawsuit says Cordova told Orozco and Alvarez-Roa she was going to report Goodin’s concerns to the state auditor’s office. Cordova says she was ostracized to the extent that she required medical leave and then she was fired.

A lawyer for the city says the city is confident that it acted lawfully in terminating their employment.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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