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Former Landfall mobile home park manager’s harassment suit

20130802__court_gavel_skybox_100.jpg By Bob Shawbshaw@pioneerpress.com

A settlement has been reached in a harassment lawsuit filed by a former manager of the Landfall mobile home park.

2015-1-19 11:01:00 P.M.

Former Landfall mobile home park manager’s harassment suit settled

By Bob Shaw

bshaw@pioneerpress.com

POSTED: 01/20/2015 12:01:00 AM CST

UPDATED: 01/21/2015 08:11:22 AM CST

A settlement has been reached in a harassment lawsuit filed by a former manager of the Landfall mobile home park.

Although the Washington County HRA owns the land in Landfall, it turned over management of the mobile home park to the Landfall HRA — which was in control at the time of Arndt’s firing. The board of the Landfall HRA includes all members of the city council.

Arndt sued the Landfall HRA, city council member Ron Sanoski and then-mayor Greg Feldbrugge.

 

Colleen Arndt of Apple Valley, who was fired as park manager in 2012, said that she will receive $300,000 and that the additional costs to the city will be about $450,000.

Chuck Bethel, attorney for the Landfall Housing and Redevelopment Authority, confirmed that a settlement had been reached. A two- sentence news release issued by both sides said the settlement was reached “to avoid the risk and expense of further litigation, and it is not an admission of wrongdoing on behalf of either party.”

Landfall officials would not comment about the amount of the settlement or the costs to the city.

Although the Washington County HRA owns the land in Landfall, it turned over management of the mobile home park to the Landfall HRA — which was in control at the time of Arndt’s firing. The board of the Landfall HRA includes all members of the city council.

Arndt sued the Landfall HRA, city council member Ron Sanoski and then-mayor Greg Feldbrugge.

Arndt was hired as manager of the mobile home park in March 2012. She alleged in the lawsuit in Washington County District Court that during her five months on the job:

— A city official said, “I just want to date you before we hire you,” during her initial job interview.

— City officials asked her and other employees about masturbation and various kinds of sexual acts.

— Sanoski entered her office in July 2012, pointed a .45 caliber handgun at her and asked if she “felt fear.” He held the gun in his hand for more than five minutes while talking to her.

Arndt’s lawsuit said the Landfall HRA failed to provide a workplace free of sexual harassment and intimidation and made her work in a “zone of danger.”

Arndt was fired during an August 2012 meeting of the Landfall City Council, effective immediately, without discussion or advance warning. At the time, she blamed the firing on two council members to whom she had given notices of lease violations, involving harassment of a resident and improper parking.

“They acted out of retaliation,” Arndt said.

In November, the county HRA took over control of the mobile home park, citing mismanagement.

That month, Feldbrugge received just 26 percent of the vote in a bid for re-election. Jim Dumer was elected mayor.

Arndt said that thanks to the settlement, the whole episode was behind her. “I am able to move forward now,” she said.

Bob Shaw can be reached at 651-228-5433.

 

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