An attorney for Evanston’s former community services manager, Kevin Brown, says Brown plans file complaints with state and federal agencies challenging his dismissal.
Shawn Jones, in a news release issued this morning, claims the dismissal was based on “illegal retaliation and discrimination.”
Jones concedes in the release that Brown, as a non-union supervisory worker, was an “at will” employee who could be dismissed at any time for any reason.
And he concedes that Brown was warned three times in emails over a two-year span not to let his staff park in the visitor section of the Civic Center parking lot against city policy.
But he argues that termination was an excessive penalty for the offense and attacks Interim City Manager Erika Storlie, who dismissed Brown, saying that despite numerous comments from residents supporting Brown, she “could not be budged from her hard line, disproportionate and devastating disciplinary stance.”
Jones says Brown will file his complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Brown complaining about his proposed reassignment at an OPAL Evanston meeting in October 2018.
Brown previously drew attention in 2018 when he publicly objected to a plan by then City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz to transfer him from his existing position to head a new Elevate Evanston workforce development program that had been proposed by Mayor Steve Hagerty.
In the face of public opposition Brown generated, Bobkiewicz ultimately dropped the plan to shift Brown’s assignment.
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