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Ex-City Official Claims Bias

Former El Segundo Public Works Director Bill Glickman, who was abruptly fired in April after 18 years on the job, has filed a $3 million age discrimination claim against the city.

In his claim, Glickman, 55, also contends that his rights to a hearing were violated when he was terminated. As a result, Glickman contends in his claim, his reputation has been hurt, and he has suffered emotionally.

Glickman was fired by then-City Manager Fred Sorsabal, who has since left the city to become Mission Viejo’s city manager. At the time of the firing, Sorsabal would say only that his action adhered to city personnel regulations.

Those regulations specify that department heads, including the public works director, serve at the pleasure of the city manager and can be terminated at any time.

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Glickman, who earned $79,560 annually, has said that he was not told why he was being let go.

Council members have 45 days to act on the claim. If they deny it, Glickman can file a lawsuit against the city.


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