Artesia Council Members, Former City Manager Escape City Clerk’s Suit

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A judge Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by Artesia’s city clerk, who alleged the city, a former city manager and three City Council members failed to properly address city employee complaints about gender discrimination and harassment, election and fiscal misconduct and other issues involving the then-city manager.

City Clerk Ernesto Sanchez and former human resources manager Boyd Horan brought separate lawsuits on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court against the city, former City Manager William Rawlings and Council members Tony Lima, Monica Manalo and Ali Taj. Horan and Sanchez both allege intentional infliction of emotional distress and whistleblower retaliation.

Tuesday’s ruling by Judge Kevin C. Brazile dealt only with the defendants’ motion to dismiss Sanchez’s claims against Rawlings and the three council members. The judge found that Sanchez’s whistleblower claim failed because the state Labor Code “does not provide for individual, non-employer liability.”

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