For the second time in two days, the City of Sacramento is facing claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation against employees when they complained.
“It gives us a lot of pause. And we question … ‘Is the city doing an adequate job in supervising its employees, training them? And investigating these claims when they’re brought to the attention of city employees,'” Craig Powell with Eye on Sacramento asked.
Eye On Sacramento is a watchdog group that monitors city operations and is currently suing to preserve city email records.
Lawyers representing the clients in the latest two claims refused on-camera comment Tuesday, deciding to let the paperwork filed speak for itself.
In the nine pages revealed Tuesday, former Department of Utilities employee Jewel Mason accuses her former boss, Elsie Fong, of repeated sexual advances dating back to December of 2013.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Fong left the city in April to become an IT project manager at SMUD.
For the 16 months before that, Mason claims Fong did things like “… intimately hugged Ms. Mason while caressing Ms. Mason’s neck.” Her claim alleges that Fong “regularly… bent over in front of Ms. Mason to display her panties.”
The claim goes on to suggest Fong was intent in her pattern of harassment “…even persisting after repeated rejections…”
In her filing, Mason also claims she was denied a permanent position, after the limited one she was hired for, because she refused Fong’s advances.
Calls to listed numbers for Jewel Mason’s new home in Texas turned up disconnected lines or ones that rang continuously.
And lights were on, but there was no answer when FOX40 went to get Elsie Fong’s take on these allegations at addresses listed for her in Sacramento.
In the sexual harassment claim filed Monday against the city’s Vice Mayor Allen Warren, Delia Chacon says she was victimized — losing her city job for refusing to do things like continue meeting Warren at his home for sex.
Constituents in his district spent Tuesday standing up against victimization of any kind during National Night Out gatherings.
The accusations were very much in their thoughts.
“Several of us have been talking about this tonight. The detail this young woman has said, like ‘I went to his cabin.’ You really wouldn’t be taking a young woman to a cabin … a city employee. And he is always at this event and we haven’t seen hide nor hair of him tonight,” said District 2 voter Cathe Torgerson.
Warren did attend the National Night Out gathering at Robla Park, but he left before FOX40’s cameras arrived.
Throughout the day, he did not return repeat phone calls to his office and personal cell phone as well as text messages requesting comment about the accusations.
His staff hinted Monday that he might issue a statement about the situation Tuesday.
When staff was asked Tuesday about that possible statement, FOX40 was told one might be available Wednesday.