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Chris Lanzi

ITIIOM:

Jon lr'ortune,AssistantCity Manager

DATE:

August
23,zArc

SUIIJIICT: Last ChanceAgrccmcnt

J)ueto the severityof';,o1u'actions,the stzrndard


City of Denton"I)isciplinaryAction Notice" is
bcirrqsr-Lbstitutccl
with this "LzrstChanceAgreenrent."
An investigation
initiatcdby thc Inter:im
City Managcr,Ilowarcl Martin, was condlictedbasedon arlettersenrto hirn regarclingallcgations
oi' an age harassnrenl
discriminationcorlplaint. In addition,a oomplaintwas broughtto the
attentionof a supervisor
in theDevelopment
Services
l)epartmentregardingan allegalionof sexual
hau'assment
uponan ernployee
within theDeveloprnent
Servir:es
Departinent.Witiie yourr:onduct
warrantsterminatir:n,
yoli alrebeingol'fbr:ed
a LastChanceAgreementin lieu of terrnjnation
nnder
termssetl'orthherein.
Mi.irkStephens
wasappointcdby Mr. Martin to pertbrman investigation
of'thesetwo compltrints.
As you al'e.Iwarc,yolr wcrc callcd in to thc HumanllcsourccsDepartmcntto rcspondto botir
allegations.
Your signedstatement
indioatesthatyor"rdid not denyrnakingstatements
o1'asexual
joking
naturcin a
manncrtowardsthat personwho raisedthe complaint.Moreover,a leviervof
yr"trrstalementshowsthal you did not reoailmakingrepeatedcommentsaboutan ernployeewithirr
the DevelopmentServicesl)epartmentaboutneedingto retire,being too old, wclnderingwhat
work, il' any. the complainantdid 1br thc dcpartmentas well as rcpeatcdlysaying that the
contplainattt
nccclcdto rclirc,A revicwof yor"rr
statement
indioatcsthatyt-ruaskeclthecomplainant
a coupleof tirncsarboutwhen shewas retiringbasedher disclosingthat shewould be retiringin
Fcbr L r a 2ly0 15.
An investigation,
includingthosewitnesses
who may hervepossiblyheardyour statements
made
in corurection
rvith bothharassmcnt
oomplaints,
wasoonciudecl
on August70,2016.
A rcvicw o1 all of the rvitnesses'
the statcments
stateurcnts,
ol' tlrc accusels,and your stalcnrcnt
establishes
fbur of'thellve elements
of a sexualharassment
claimbasedon a hostile
discrimination
work envilonrncltt:

1) il'hc oornplainanlis in a proteclcciclass- any personcan bc the mcmbcr of a protcctcdclass


in a scxual harassmentdiscrirninationclaiur; aud
2) Thc conduclwas sexualin natule;and
3) 'fhe concluotwtrs lutwclcomc; and
4) 'fire cmploycr hner,vor shor-rlcl
have knor,vnabout the conduct; and
5) T'hecmploycr did nothing about thc conduct.

Chris Lanzi
Employee#1253(t4
DtSUprmaRY,4Cr'IOlv - PnOpOSnD "LAST CUawCAAGnlisptnNr'"
Augrrst23,2016
I) a sc3 0 t.4
'I.hecity unclerstmrcls
directchainof cornmand;however,
lhat yOr:arenot in theagecornplainant's
a pcrsonwho may be
'uvhore
cliscrimination
agcharassmcnt
existi regar'<1ing
a tircor.yot'rccove:ry
overa personwho hastheauthority
may havelevet'age
halassrnent
oomrnittingagcciiscrirninatory
the agecomplainant'
a1'1bcts
thatadversely
tq rnaltca negativ,:c:nploymeutclecision
enoughlo
|egardingilge were lrecltrent
that your staternetrts
A r.evicwo1.thc cviclcnccinclicates
and the
environntent
work
hostile
a
have1heDevelopmcutScrvicesDcpartmentbe consiclerecl
dccision-maker'
tlte
ovcr
lcveragcor exertedinflLrcnce
cvicielocpossibtysirowsthatyou possesscd
to the employer'
then
clecisiop-maker,
the
a
animusn ay be imputedto
tlrecliscrirninalor:y
a real or perceivedclose
A reviervof thc statcmcltsi1 thc investigationsirowsthat you have
AirneeBissett'Iiufiher,a
Department,
Services
with the I)ir.ectorof the Development
relationship
with Ms' Athenia(ireen'
that yor-rhavea significantrelationship
shgr,vs
rcviewof the staternents
'I'hus,two peopleyoll may iraveleveragervith are itr the
the complainant'sclircctsnpervisor.
decisionthat
ohain of commandand coulclrlakc a negativeemploymcrrt
clir-eot
cornplainant,s
all'cctsthecotnplainant'
aclversel;'
hasbeentnadeal thistime' this
cleoision
or negativeemplOyment
As a rcsult,althoughno aclr,erse
ciaimcoulcleventuallysatislyall of the clementsof
that thecomplainanf's
indicartes
investigation
or l'emarks'
ciairnbaseclon statements
or-rog.-,lir.riminationharassment
basedon sexual
'l'hecity is recluilecl
by tbdcraiandstatelaw tt.rretnedya hostilework environment
from age
to plotect.employees
conduct.'l'treCity is furtherobligatecl
cliscrinrinatory
harassment
and
statements
on
harassrnentthat creartesa hostile work envit'onmentbased
discrin-rination
rcmarksaboula porsonforty ycarso1'ageor olcier'
'fo thatencl,the City manclates
the fbliowing:
'l'lie tirning on this

without pay'
Yoli wtll be piacecion two (2) lveeksof suspeusion
by your supervisor'
uuillb. cletermiried
suspension

Leave,you will be demotedto the Position


Efl-ectiveupouyour rcturn frornAchninistrative
(fatlr,
of RuilclingInspeotorandyotu salarywill be $55'557' -"1t,

discrimination claimaut
You will write a letter of apology to both the sexual harassment
rcturnitrgto the worklbrcc''
alcl thc agc discrin'ri1atiol lrarassmentclainrantprior to

(EAP) plovider
you arc enrrolrragccl
to contacttftc City's lilrployce AssistauccProgram
meetings based on tire meeting with the
any'stlggestec'l
.rpon returning ttiu,ork and atter-rcl
IlAP llmployee AssistanceProgramprovider'
within the workplacewill
Yonr.interar:tionwith Ms. Athenia creen anclMs. Aitnee Bissett
basisonly'
and work-relatecl
be on a prol'essional

Cltris Lsnzi
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23,2016
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YoLrshail attcnclli manciatcilyIlarassmentPrevention'll'ainir-rgfor the protcctcd ciasses


lbuncl in thc Civil I{ights Aot of i964,'l'he Americaris rvith Disabiiities Act of 1990 and
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Contact the Iluman l{esourccs
I)cpartmcritto schcdulethis training.

No furlher violationsof any City of Dentonpolicies"

Wittril yol1r llc\r!/position, yclu must clo your part to createa harnlonioLtsanclprocittctive
rvorl<envilolllxcnt,'l'he City of Denton expectsyou to be avautgrtardo1'pro{essiottalism,
courtesyzurclrespeclto all employecs,vendors,and citizensthal do businesswith thc City
oi'Dcnlon.

by signingthis
in lieu of' ciisrnissai,
o As a conclitionof this "l,ast ChanceAgr:eement,"
Polioy
109.03.
yoLrergluc
to waive),ourrightto appealundcrCity o['Dcnton
agrccmcnt
conductlbr the nextyearfrclnl
or auy complaintol unbecoming
IJreacho1'anyo{'theser:onditions
dismissal.liollowingthe oneyeal'periodof
fbl imrnecliate
the clateof this iettersha1lbe grouncls
il',. City of DentonPolicicswill applyto you as ail otherernployees
this L,astChanceAgreement,
exceptlbr a "lbunci" violation of retaliationagainstanyoneinvolved with the investigation
disrnissal.
the ins1antcompiaints,in which caseyou will be subjectto imrnediate
unclerlyipg
Agreementor the City will proceed
anclsigrrthis t,astClhanse
You have1w6(2) claysto consiclcr
r,vitha terminationaotioiragainstyott.
receipt of this Notice, and I accerltthe terms of this "Last
I hereby ;lcknorvloclge
ChanceAgreement"in lieu of dismissal.
I hereby acknun'lcdge rcceipt of this Notice, :rnd I refuse to accept tbflSl4fl
'oL:tstChance Agrccment" in lieu of dismissal.

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Date

Corries:
JohnKnigirt,DeputyOity Attourel'
andCivil ScrviccDircctor
I)ircotorof llurnanRcsourccs
CarlaRomine-Haggmark,
Maftin, InterimCity Manager
l-{o,.vard

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