Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse has filed a complaint against the city.
Nuesse's attorney, K. Ronald Bailey of Sandusky, confirmed Monday morning that Nuesse has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal EmploymentOpportunity Commission.
"All we can do is confirm that one was filed," city law director Don Icsman said Monday.
Icsman said it is up to the person who filed the complaint to disclose the nature of it. Bailey said EEOC complaints are not public records.
Nuesse has been on paid administrative leave since March 10 pending the results of a third-party investigation into allegations she created a hostile work environment. Her "relationship to the truth" and decision-making skill have also been called into question.
Commission president Dennis Murray Jr. said he was aware of the filing and the matter was discussed in executive session Monday afternoon.
"I wanted to make sure all the commissioners were aware," Murray said.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws prohibiting job discrimination, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.
Bailey said that before filing a civil rights lawsuit, a person has to file with the EEOC and obtain a "right to sue" letter. He said he has no idea how long it will take the EEOC to complete its investigation.
"It can take months," Bailey said. "It is really up to the federal agency."
In related news, an interview with Nuesse by third-party investigators was postponed after she filed a complaint in Erie County Common Pleas Court.
Bailey requested all documents generated in the city's investigation, according to court records. After hearing no response from the city, a petition was filed for a court order requiring the city to release the documents. A judge will determine Wednesday if the records will be released to Nuesse and Bailey.