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Philadelphia Beats Fired CIO’s Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

July 1, 2020, 9:07 PM

Philadelphia won a lawsuit brought by its former chief information officer, because he failed to show that the city’s stated reason for his termination was a pretext for retaliation against him for voicing concerns over supposedly unlawful and wasteful city practices, a federal court said.

Charles Brennan oversaw the city’s Office of Innovation and Technology. He raised concerns to city officials about an employment initiative to diversify the municipal workforce, saying that he felt pressured to unlawfully discriminate against white and Asian job candidates.

Brennan was urged to attend sensitivity training after two incidents when he allegedly made inappropriate remarks....

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