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Rose Bernal-Rundle
Rose Bernal-Rundle, former general manager of the Harborside Event Center / Special to news-press.com

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The former general manager of the Harborside Event Center has filed a grievance with the city through an attorney, stating the city violated its own policies.

The grievance letter, which has a June 12 date, states Rose Rundle was fired without being given the opportunity to address the many allegations filed against her. It also states that firing her goes against what the city’s employee handbook suggests should have been the appropriate discipline for her actions.

William Powell, Rundle’s attorney, requests she be given a fair opportunity to address all of the allegations through the city’s dispute resolution procedures, in an attempt to promptly solve the matter.

Powell also says firing Rundle has damaged her reputation, her career and employment prospects.

“We intend to supplement this grievance with a point-by-point response to all allegations at the grievance hearing at the City Council,” Powell wrote. “Based upon this petition for a grievance, Ms. Rundle seeks the reversal of the City Manager’s termination, reinstatement, back pay, and compensation in lieu of severance damages or both.”

Rundle was fired last week after an investigation revealed she lived with a subordinate; allowed Andrew Thompson, Harborside’s assistant general manager, to bring his child to work and to use the Family and Medical Leave Act in a flexible manner; and allowed employees to telecommute.

Thompson filed the initial complaint against Rundle. The investigation revealed the relationship between Rundle and Thompson soured after Rundle told Thompson he had to stop bringing his child to work. A city memo states staffers knew Thompson kept his infant son in his office and took the child to meetings.

Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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