Tempe council candidate filed 2 discrimination complaints while working for city

Jennifer Adams

By Jerod MacDonald | Evoy, The Republic

Jennifer Adams, a retired Tempe employee eyeing a seat on the City Council, filed complaints against two Public Works leaders during her nearly 28-year tenure with the city.

In both instances, Adams alleged gender discrimination, according to city documents obtained by The Arizona Republic under the Arizona Public Records Law.

The first complaint began in 2009 and prompted a city investigation that did not substantiate discrimination against women by then-Public Works Manager Glenn Kephart and a deputy manager, although it did show inappropriate and disruptive conduct.

Adams took her complaints further when her job was eliminated and she was placed into another position as facilities-maintenance manager. She alleged her job was eliminated in retaliation for speaking out, resulting in a $13,000 settlement with Tempe in 2010.

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