In the crowded major race to problem Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) for her Senate seat, Republican Kevin Smith argues that his ten years as the city manager of Londonderry is what sets him apart.
But Smith allegedly dismissed and mishandled repeated grievances of office harassment and retaliation although he held that purpose, and the town eventually settled a related lawsuit at the public’s cost, HuffPost has uncovered.
Smith is operating in an 11-way Republican main with no clear front-runner, but he is around the front of the pack. In the very first quarter of the 12 months, his marketing campaign trailed only state Senate President Chuck Morse’s in the total of dollars on hand and fundraising.
Whoever prevails will obstacle Hassan, whose seat is a have to-get for Democrats hoping to maintain their fragile 50-seat the vast majority in the Senate. Hassan is considered a person of their most vulnerable users. In 2016, she unseated Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte by just 1,017 votes, and her present acceptance rating hovers below 50%.
Smith’s alleged role in mishandling the harassment and retaliation grievance has not been beforehand documented.
In 2018, Nicole Doolan, who had worked for the town of Londonderry as an administrative assistant for 9 several years, sued the town and her former supervisor, accusing them of incapacity discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. In her lawsuit, Doolan said the harassment commenced soon after she complained to her union that her boss — the city tax assessor — was earning her do private errands, and she mentioned it escalated for quite a few yrs. Smith, who served as Londonderry’s city supervisor from 2013 to January 2022, eventually became involved in covering for those who had been harassing her, Doolan claimed.
Smith himself designed demeaning reviews about women in the place of work, Doolan claimed, these as creating “dumb blonde jokes” and referring to a female subordinate as “pork chop.”
Doolan’s match lays out a number of allegations in opposition to her former boss, Karen Marchant, and Marchant’s deputy, Rick Brideau. When Doolan was on disability leave, she claimed, a town formal threatened to remove her job. When Doolan returned, there was a video clip camera pointed at her desk with a feed and audio that performed in Marchant’s business, ostensibly to watch people today getting into the office. Brideau also utilised the movie feed, she reported ― to see regardless of whether users of the public who desired tax assessor solutions had been great-on the lookout and determine whether or not to get up from his desk and enable.
Doolan reported Brideau manufactured jerk-off motions at her on numerous instances, created lewd remarks about how other gals in the workplace dressed, and watched movie of girls undressing on his function laptop. When Doolan complained to Marchant about the movie, she explained, Marchant told Brideau to angle his computer keep an eye on so many others could not see.
Doolan complained repeatedly to Smith, according to the lawsuit, and in late 2014 he set up a mediation with Doolan, Marchant and Brideau. Smith discouraged Doolan from bringing a union representative, her lawsuit claimed, while she was entitled to do so, saying he thought the agent would intimidate her bosses. Smith achieved with Doolan a few extra situations, she claimed, and every time told her not to carry a representative. She explained he pushed her to get a work in a further section as an alternative of getting motion in opposition to her bosses.
For considerably of this time, Doolan claimed, Marchant, Smith and other town authorities employees sandbagged her requests to boost her hrs or turn into a whole-time staff although other component-time workforce ended up authorized to function up to 40 hrs.
Finally, she mentioned, Smith also took steps that she thought to be retaliatory. In 2016, soon after she complained to him that she was staying assigned extra get the job done than was achievable in her 28-hour 7 days and was working off the clock with no further pay back, Smith explained to her she was currently being “disrespectful” and gave her an formal warning. She resigned a month afterwards.
Doolan submitted her fit in June 2018, which Doolan and the town of Londonderry settled for an undisclosed volume of income in September 2020.
In its initial reaction to Doolan’s lawsuit, right before the settlement, Londonderry admitted that Doolan complained to Smith about Brideau’s lewd habits. But the town denied that Brideau acted inappropriately or that Marchant unsuccessful to intervene. Smith did offer you Doolan a work in another section, the city claimed, but it denied that he explained to her not to provide a union consultant to any conferences.
Doolan did complain that Smith known as a subordinate “pork chop” and produced dumb-blonde jokes, the city stated, but it named her claims “baseless.” Her co-staff who had been permitted to function additional hours were masking for staffing shortages, the city explained, and the cuts to Doolan’s several hours ended up budgetary, not discriminatory. The city also conceded there was a video digital camera pointed at her desk to watch members of the general public.
Seb Rougemont, a spokesman for Smith’s Senate campaign, termed Doolan’s promises “flat-out bogus.” Smith managed far more than 200 workforce, Rougemont additional, and has produced his staff file readily available to the community.
“As City Manager, Kevin generally set what was in the best interest of the individuals of Londonderry initially,” Rougemont stated in a assertion. “Doolan was disciplined for insubordination toward her supervisor. This brought on her to resign. … The statements created about Kevin Smith in this lawsuit by a disgruntled former employee are solely unfounded and uncorroborated.”
Doolan, her attorney and the lawyer who represented Londonderry all did not answer to requests for interviews, and Marchant could not be reached for comment. Brideau died in 2021. The chair of Londonderry’s town council, John Farrell, declined to comment.