Stacy Tebo: DeBary’s ex-clerk loses sex-discrimination lawsuit
Stacy Tebo, who alleged gender discrimination before she was fired as DeBary’s clerk in 2015, just lost her federal lawsuit against the city.
U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Aug. 8 granted DeBary’s motion for summary judgment against Tebo.
That motion upheld former City Manager Dan Parrott’s decision to fire Tebo in April 2015, dismissing claims the manager fostered a hostile work environment against women.
“The record is replete with evidence of Tebo’s insubordination and disloyalty. The most obvious evidence is the undisputed efforts of Tebo to get Parrott fired,” the city’s motion said. “Parrott became aware, from various sources, that Tebo was going behind his back to City Council members to voice complaints about his performance as City Manager.”
In a termination letter signed by Parrott, Tebo is accused of violating 11 city policies. Those included failing to do her job or overstepping her authority.
Tebo is now the manager of White Springs, a town of roughly 800 in North Florida’s Hamilton County on the Suwannee River.
Ruling resolves 2nd suit
The Orlando judge’s order resolves the second gender discrimination suit filed against DeBary.
In May, DeBary City Council members approved a $250,000 settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by former Assistant City Manager Kassandra Blissett.
Both suits named DeBary and Parrott as defendants.
Blissett filed suit in June 2016 – less than a year after Parrott eliminated her position for budget cuts.
Blissett claimed her March 2015 termination was in retaliation for objecting to alleged “discriminatory business practices based upon sex and equal pay in violation of the Federal Employment Discrimination Act.”
Parrott and the city denied her allegations and the ones raised by Tebo.
“Tebo’s claim that she was discriminated against with regard to the terms of her employment are without basis,” the city’s motion states. “The Plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim also fails.”
Parrott retired in 2016.
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