Allegations of workplace harassment against Ft. Myers city attorney

Posted at 11:32 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 23:32:16-04

A law firm hired to investigate reports of work place harassment against Ft. Myers City Attorney Grant Alley, delivered its final report to city council.

The report says Alley behaved inappropriately in the work place, causing some of his employees to quit.

"It is also apparent that there is a fear of retaliation by the witnesses and concern that Mr. Alley may be unable to change his ways," Attorney Sonya Diaz told the council.

The firm Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor & Diaz have been paid $30,000 to investigate the allegations, which some city council members found hard to believe.

"Everything I read it's all backed up and it just seems too perfect," said Councilman Forest Banks.

The firm recommended disciplinary action for Alley and retraining.  Council will make a decision at the November 6th meeting.

"I'm not saying every employee who brings something to you is correct, that's why we have an investigation, but we have to look at giving it some merit," said Councilwoman Teresa Watkins-Brown.

If Alley returns to work at the city, Mayor Randy Henderson says a decision will have to be made as to whether he could supervise his old employees.

"We want our employees to feel secure in their work environment going forward, we believe that can happen," said Henderson.

Alley has been on paid leave since August.