Compton City Attorney Damon Brown was presented a bill for legal fees totaling more than $6 million. The legal fees are attributed to the costs related to a long standing lawsuit with the city’s former Human Resources Director Kareemah Bradford who was a member of AFSCME Local 2325.
The billing spans from 2012-2019 and covers multiple law firms attached to the case. Bradford has since returned to work as a Benefits Analyst, but eliminated her position as HR Director.
2UrbanGirls reached out to Ms. Bradford who did not immediately respond.
With the city facing a $9.8 million shortfall, for the coming fiscal year, the city laid off more than 50 AFSCME employees throughout the city’s Parks & Recreation department. The budget shortfall declaration allowed the city to circumvent the employees grievance rights, unlike the costs incurred from Bradford’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit fees would be covered under the city’s insurance, which could in turn spike the premium payment, which is ultimately paid by taxpayers.Billing_Summary_2020_01_10