Teitelman Law is representing former Portland Mayor Charlie Hales staffer Cevero Gonzalez in a lawsuit against the city and Hales’ former chief of staff Gail Shibley.
Gonzalez is seeking a minimum of $350,000 in emotional and economic damages, claiming Shibley and the city harassed him and discriminated against him owing to a disability. He filed his suit Tuesday, Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. In a complaint he filed with the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries last year, he identified his disability as being HIV-positive. His suit claims that after months of pressure regarding his TriMet Honored Citizen pass from Shibley and fellow Hales staff member Rachael Wiggins, Gonzalez disclosed his disability. Seniors and those with mental or physical disabilities are eligible for the passes, which cost less than standard passes and allow access to priority seating.
Once he disclosed his condition, Gonzalez said some of his tasks were re-assigned to Wiggins and other staff members, he was excluded from policy meetings, treated with hostility by Shibley and that he was no longer permitted the same leave that other city employees received.