A city employee referenced in a recent sexual harassment lawsuit against the city has been let go. Galt's liability insurance will pay $600,000 to former employee Angela Long, who filed suit last year claiming that the city did not protect her against unwanted sexual comments by another former employee.
Bo Dahlberg, who worked for the city for eight years, most recently as the wastewater treatment plant supervisor, was dismissed last Friday. The suit included testimony that Dahlberg did not act to stop sexual harassment.
City Manager Jason Behrmann confirmed Dahlberg no longer works for the city, but would say nothing else since it is a personnel matter.
Dahlberg could not be reached for comment.
In court papers, there were accusations that Dahlberg did not follow proper protocol in reporting Long's sexual harassment complaints to Galt's human resources department. The city's written policy states than any manager or supervisor must report such a complaint within 24 hours.
The action is the latest in personnel changes in the city's Public Works Department. Public Works Director Gregg Halladay was dismissed last year, and temporary director Richard Prima and two city engineers are interim employees. The city has not been able to hire a full-time, permanent director.
But Behrmann said Prima is doing an excellent job and the department is operating well with less.
In a deposition last summer, Dahlberg said under oath that just a couple of weeks after employee David Belser began work, Long complained to Dahlberg about comments made by Belser.
But after almost three months, Long said in court documents, she learned that Dahlberg had yet to even talk to Belser about his conduct, much less report it to former Public Works Director Gregg Halladay or human resources, so she went to human resources herself.
At that time, Long complained to human resources not only about Belser's harassment, but also that "Dahlberg failed in his supervision" when he did not take action to stop Belser and did not report her complaints as he was supposed to, according to court records.
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