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Leopold Responds To Allegations

| September 09, 2010, 03:00 PM | 2 Comments

With the recent expansion of the lawsuit filed several weeks ago, Anne Arundel County Executive, John R. Leopold, has issued a statement to Eye On Annapolis.

I am disgusted by the lies and innuendo contained in this lawsuit.  This former employee, who was never discriminated against, already brought her complaint before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The complaint was found to have no merit and was dismissed this week.  Now, two years after the employee left County Government and two months before an election, a lawsuit is filed. This is ugly politics and character assassination at its worst.

–John R. Leopold, Anne Arundel County Executive

Karlan Hamner filed a suit several years after moving to Kentucky claiming a hostile work environment and unwanted sexual advances among others.  While the suit claims to have witnesses to substantiate the claims, on the surface it seems like Mr. Leopold has the backing of most of his employees including several women who were named in the lawsuit.

Aside from Ms. Hamner’s accusations, the only other complaint against the Executive was a woman who claimed he asked her for a date while in a lunch line in a County cafeteria and made her feel uncomfortable. That complaint was unfounded.

Hamner’s attorney, John M. Singleton, claims that the timing of the suit is not politically motivated. However, the timing of the original suit and the expanded suit has to be questioned. A Leopold supporter who wished to remain unnamed said, “The appearance of the suit is politically suspicious and certainly the speed of which Hamner’s attorney removed names of “victims” from the draft copy speaks volumes. Seems like a fishing expedition to me.”

As Eric Hartley said, this revised and expanded suit seems more appropriate for thew checkout aisle of the Giant than in the Prince Georges County Courthouse.

To read the full document, please click here .

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  1. Fred Shubbie©™® says:

    My Friends, Leopold is a progressive minded, responsible, and hardworking servant. He has my Vote, not because I am a Republican ( I am not) but because I like the things he does.

  2. John Frenaye says:

    I just read the complaint thoroughly. The attorney (who by the way is not listed in Martindale) has 67 “points” he tries to make and as best as I can tell there may be1 that is legitimate–#36 where Leopold is alleged to have grabbed her shoulders.

    I am not sure what world her attorney lives in, but in the real world, employees are sometimes criticized by their bosses when they feel the employee did not do a good job. Apparently Singleton feels that is inappropriate #33. Meeting policies change from time to time in the real world. Not in the world of Karla Hamner, apparently she feels entitled to be involved in meetings of her choice #33.

    She made a complaint to HR and told them to not do anything about it. Why complain?

    Leopold seems to have criticized her hair a few times to her directly. Odd? For sure. But not sure it creates a hostile environment and demeans her.

    She criticized her boss and took it to HR and to several of his assistants and all of a sudden wonders why she is being transferred? #39 She did not want to be there and certainly no boss would want her there at that point. In private industry (because MD is an at will state) she could have been fired there and collected unemployment. But she was transferred to the police.

    She is upset that she did not get a position for which she applied. It happens to everyone all the time.

    There may be a few salient points and it seems they may have already been addressed in the prior complaint that was unfounded.

    But for good measure to see if it sticks she makes allegations that Leopold, Callahan and Robey defrauded the taxpayers of $5 million dollars and offer nothing to substantiate it?

    While SIngleton is at it, why not toss in that Callahan, Robey and Leopold are responsible for all the unsolved killings in the county and the arson fires that have not been solved.

    Really an amusing 14 page document with no substance!

    IM – personal – HO

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