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EEOC ends case against Seminole city manager

A former city employee who filed a sexual harassment claim has 90 days to file a lawsuit.

By ANNE LINDBERG
Published February 13, 2007


A federal investigator found no evidence to support claims that Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds sexually harassed a former city employee.

The decision to dismiss the claim and close the file came Jan. 22, following a six-month investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Under the law, former employee Evelyn Dale Pagano now has 90 days to file a lawsuit. Pagano worked for the city for six months last year and filed her complaint July 28, two days after she left her job. She now lives in Alabama.

She never supplied details of any harassment, which she first mentioned during her exit questionnaire. Two days later she filed a complaint with the EEOC and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Edmunds, who has denied all wrongdoing, was happy to hear of the dismissal.

"I have always felt that the charge had some relationship with a department reorganization that eliminated a department head," he said.

Pagano was an administrative assistant in the former general services department. Her boss, Mitch Bobowski, lost his job as a result of a reorganization, but Pagano's employment was never in jeopardy.

A second employee who came forward after Pagano's complaint, saying Edmunds had touched her and said inappropriate things to her while she was his administrative assistant between Aug. 13, 2001, and Sept. 27, 2004, never filed an official complaint.