City of Sunrise Employee Gets Flak for Using Ladies' Room, Following Law, Lawsuit Claims

A longtime City of Sunrise employee says that her bosses harassed her for following labor laws -- even going so far as to reprimand her for using the bathroom during work hours.

Cynthia Bagnall, a secretary for Sunrise since 1988, says that her bosses started to mistreat her when she participated in a Department of Labor investigation, according to a lawsuit recently filed in Federal Court.

Here's what Bagnall says happened: in 2008, Forrest Bagnall, Cynthia's husband and city engineer, filed a complaint with the Department of Labor. He says that he was unfairly reprimanded for taking military leave.

Cynthia Bagnall says that she complied with Department of Labor staffers while they investigated her husband's claim, in June, July, and August 2008.

On July 31 of that same year, Cynthia Bagnall claims, she was assigned less desirable work hours.

When Forrest Bagnall then decided in 2009 to go forward with his complaint against Sunrise, and listed his wife as a witness, "the City notified Mrs. Bagnall that her work and office location and even her working hours would change -- all over Mrs. Bagnall's verbal and written objections."

Cynthia Bagnall says that City higher ups even went so far as to stuff her in a tiny office where she could barely work, in addition to giving her later hours and unclear duties.

The kicker? "Mrs Bagnall then began to be reprimanded for innocuous fabricated 'infractions' at work for which there exist no published policy guidance...includ(ing) being reprimanded for her use of the ladies restroom during working hours."

The Bagnalls have demanded a jury trial, in hopes of improving Cynthia Bagnall's working conditions.

The City of Sunrise has not returned calls for comment.

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