LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- New information is being released, detailing complaints of discrimination in the Metro Public Works department. It comes just one week after the long time director of the department, Ted Pullen abruptly resigned.
WHAS11 has been following the turmoil within the department for months now. Just recently, a female employee filed a lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination by Pullen. He resigned at the end of the work day last Friday. But, the tales of discrimination are still unfolding. In response to an open records request by WHAS11’s I-Team, Louisville Metro Government released pages of documents outlining complaints of discrimination from two women in the Public Works department.
In March of this year, Betty Younis, the facilities manager at the Public Works department, sent a memo to the Mayor’s office and Human Resources. In the memo, she claims a “growing concern about the actions of Ted Pullen,” listing examples of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Younis stated she had been, “subjected to a never-ending litany of just how poorly the administration thinks of [her].” She goes on to detail jobs for which she was passed over in favor of people Pullen had personal relationships with. For example, the best man at Pullen’s third wedding and a woman he met at a bar-b-que who also happened to be the sister of one of Pullen’s “closest associates.”
In their investigation, the city found all of Younis’ claims to be unsubstantiated; all, but one. In the documents, Younis describes an incident in which Pullen “hugged and kissed” an employee in the department. The employee reached out to Younis, her supervisor at the time, and Younis told Pullen to stop. But, she waited almost two years to report the incident.
Younis has since resigned from the department.
There is also another complaint included in the release. A woman claims she was discriminated against and retaliated against because of her sexual orientation while working in maintenance in the Public Works department. Her complaint is against Ted Pullen, Betty Younis, and managers Tom Purdue and Dreco Adkins. She claims Adkins embarrassed her by sending her out to water plants right after it had rained.
The Mayor’s office had no additional comment on the complaints.