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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In another blow for a city facing mountains of trouble, Louisville's Metro Government is now standing behind a former Audubon Park police sergeant's claims that he was discriminated against for being gay.
Following years of budgetary problems and recent calls of official misconduct, the city of Audubon Park now faces a discrimination suit.
Kile Nave, former Audubon Park police sergeant claims that he was harassed for being gay, and then retaliated against and eventually fired for reporting it. Now, in this latest development, Louisville's Human Relations Commission has concluded an investigation into the case.
In a letter addressed to Nave and the city of Audubon Park, the commission said it found Audubon Park engaged in "unlawful employment practices" in violation with the city's fairness ordinance.
Surrounded by his partner, son, and a handful of human rights activists, Kile Nave relived the discrimination he claims he frequently faced while working for the Audubon Park Police Department. "I kept thinking, Jones is going to have enough of making fun and harassing, and it's going to get better, but it never did." Nave said his supervisor, former Deputy Chief Ronald Jones, used gay slurs, and told jokes at his expense.
Nave said when he confronted him, asking for it to stop, the Deputy Chief would not comply. "His response was, I don't work for you, you work for me."
According to a civil suit filed in August, Nave said Jones claimed Nave had received injuries from a sexual act with his boyfriend. While public documents reveal Nave's claims that on a separate occasion, Jone's suggested Nave could receive sexual gratification from a homeless person in exchange for a bottle of liquor.
In an interview with WDRB in August, Nave detailed one of his first-hand encounters with Jones' alleged harassment. "We were at the firing range one day and he started to tell a gay joke in front of me and my colleagues, and I asked him not to, and he went ahead and told it anyway," said Nave.
Louisville's Human Relations Commission said that as a result of a metro government investigation, it determined that Audubon Park was not only in violation of the city's Fairness ordinance, but the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The attorney representing Audubon Park in the matter pointed to the study's lack of merit. "The letter from the Human Relations Commission is a preliminary finding, based on a limited investigation, it is not a final determination," said attorney Kyle Vaughn. "The city denies all allegations of retaliation and discrimination."
Although the city's attorney didn't have much to say, public documents reveal the relationship between Nave and the city over his three and a half years of employment.
In written complaints to the city, Nave said he was denied vacation, weekends off, and punished for calling in sick. According to the letters, Nave claims he was being retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment.
At one point the police chief ordered Nave to attend a counseling session with Deputy Chief Jones. Afterwards, the city filed a complaint claiming that Nave reportedly talked about the situation with some colleagues, which goes against city code.
At Jones' suggestion, the city then launched an investigation into Nave. The cause for investigation states the city's worry over his behavior. It states that Nave's "Contempt for authority, misconduct, reckless disregard for the truth and insubordination is quickly eroding the morale, and effectiveness of this department."
Eventually, in a letter from Police Chief Jeffrey Cox, the department lists 57 reasons why Nave should be fired-- and by the end of August 2012, he was.
That Police Chief was let go last week, but the city remains tight-lipped on the reason.
The Human Relations Commission has given the city ten days to respond to a proposed settlement.
Attorneys on both sides wouldn't comment on what's included in that proposed agreement, whether monetary or otherwise.
Vaughn hinted that the city would be appealing the commission's findings, rather than meet the demands of the defendant before the ten day deadline.
Vaughn has requested dismissal of the civil case as well.