I am by no means a supporter of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., however, after more careful review of Melanie McDade’s claim and review of public records, it is clear her gripe is of a personal nature that shouldn’t involve taxpayers.
McDade claims her “personal injury” occurred between 2010 through 12/31/2019, but Butts wasn’t sworn in as mayor until February 1, 2011, which means her injuries aren’t as dramatic as she claims considering she happily accepted to work as his “assistant” while claiming she was suffering from an alleged “injury”.
Secondly, the city clerk’s office has provided records showing that both Butts and McDade attended Anti Harassment and Sexual Harassment Prevention classes on October 6, 2016 and September 12, 2018, which means McDade was well aware of how to report claims of a “harassment” nature. By City Manager Artie Fields’ own admission, to the Daily Breeze, he stated McDade didn’t make any claims of “harassment” until after she was placed on administrative on July 1, 2019.
The city provided a copy of the Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation policy that was last updated October 2012. It clearly states that if complaints concerning any of the above are submitted to either the city’s Human Resources Department and/or the City’s Attorney’s office they must be thoroughly investigated.
According to the city’s policy employees who believe that they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment or retaliation may file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and if the DFEH determines that discrimination, harassment or retaliation has occurred, and that the City has not acted appropriately to address the conduct, DFEH may order remedies including changes in employment practices, fines or damages. To our knowledge no such levies have taken place by DFEH.
The City’s policy covers supervisor/subordinate issues but makes no reference in how a complaint would be handled if levied against an elected official, who is technically not a city employee. Who would be in charge of investigating and disciplining Mayor Butts?
In that same Daily Breeze article the attorney representing the city declined to answer questions about whether the city investigated McDade-Dickens’ allegations against the mayor because of “potential litigation.” The way Mayor Butts throws around money, to top level executives, via outrageous salaries and bonuses, was there really an internal effort to investigate McDade’s claims if she did in fact report it? Isn’t her “friend” the city’s Assistant Human Resources Director?
Her claim states “the city had knowledge of his involvement” with other women in the workplace but is that sufficient to launch an investigation into the man that holds the power to terminate your employment whenever he pleases?
McDade should be suing James Butts personally because again, by her own filing, the “personal injury” occurred in 2010 before Butts was sworn into office February 1, 2011.
Marvin C. McCoy