Shockey filed the employment discrimination suit on July 26 in St. Louis County where he resides. In it Shockey said he has suffered depression and emotional distress because of what he believes to be Councilman Ken Moss and former Councilwoman Doris Borgelt's harassment.
He also states in the lawsuit there has been retaliation, negligent supervision and training, and age discrimination, against the 52-year-old law enforcement leader and interim city administrator.
allegations in the suit stem from a
Arnold parks director Susie Boone and a complaint she filed last year
with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights against Councilman Moss,
represents Ward 4. See: Arnold Council Approves $55,000 Settlement in Susie Boone Suit
Boone was awarded a settlement after suing Moss for harassing her after his sister was fired in 2010 from the parks department. Her suit says she was repeatedly accused of wrongdoing and incompetence. She also said Moss undercut her authority and made false statements about her. Moss has said none of it is true. See: Ken Moss: 'I Didn't Do Anything'
Shockey hired a private investigator to look into the claims, and in February, the city agreed to pay Boone a $55,000 settlement and give her extra job security until 2018. See: Arnold Councilman Suing Four City Officials, Private Investigator
Shockey says he became a target of Moss and Borgelt during that investigation.
After Shockey's January complaint, the commission then issued a right-to-sue letter, which allowed Shockey to sue under the state’s Human Rights Act.This has been a very busy year for Arnold's city attorneys. There have been numerous suits against the city involving city officials including those mentioned above and:
- A May agreement to pay Alicia Ott, a former Arnold police officer, $450,000 to end a lawsuit in which she said she was sexually harassed and wrongly fired. See: Arnold Approves $450,000 Settlement Agreement in Alicia Ott Case
- On July 1, the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association ended coverage for Moss and Borgelt, should she ever become a city employee again, due to concern about the number of complaints and lawsuits involving the municipality. See: Liability Coverage Cut for Arnold Councilman, Former Councilwoman