Woman files discrimination lawsuit against city of Burbank

A 50-year-old African American city employee has filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank alleging race and age discrimination after multiple unsuccessful attempts to get a new job with the city, records show.

Terri Quickley, an 11-year city clerical worker, is suing the city after she applied for — and did not get — three jobs since 2008 that were each subsequently filled by a "Caucasian woman in her 20s," according to her lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month.


She claimed that she was passed over despite having "equal if not superior seniority, qualifications and abilities," according to the lawsuit, which states that Quickley is African American.

Her attorney, Marcus Mancini, declined to comment on the case, stating that further details will be revealed during discovery.


Burbank City Atty. Amy Albano said on Thursday the city had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

Quickley alleges that in 2008 and 2011, she applied unsuccessfully for administrative analyst and human resources tech positions, respectively, despite having the right qualifications for the jobs. Two years later, she claims she was passed over again for an administrative analyst position, according to her lawsuit.

Also in 2011, she was not notified or invited to apply when another human resources position opened up, despite being on a list of people interested in the job, the lawsuit states.

She alleges in the lawsuit that the acts of discrimination, retaliation and harassment created an "abusive working environment."


The lawsuit marks the third in recent months accusing the city of age or race discrimination.

A 50-year-old Burbank man filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank last October claiming age and race discrimination after he was not hired for several city jobs for which he said he was qualified.

Marco Gonzalez, who is of Guatemalan descent, claimed he was passed over for employment after applying for jobs as an electrical apprentice and engineering technician.

Albano has said she had no indication the city didn't follow its hiring protocols in his case.

A hearing on Gonzalez's case is slated for later this month.

Additionally, former city employee Dale Wagner sued the city last September for alleged age discrimination and retaliation, claiming that he was forced to retire after health problems caused work restrictions for him, according to his lawsuit. Wagner was 61 when the complaint was filed.


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