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Fired Minot city attorney claims gender harassment

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A complaint filed last month by Minot's fired city attorney alleges controlling behavior and unreasonable demands by the city's manager, who denies those claims.

Documents show Colleen Auer's complaint claimed unlawful harassment based on gender. She said City Manager Cindy Hemphill "engaged in a pattern of controlling, abusive and unauthorized behavior towards me because I am a female attorney who does not behave like my male predecessor.''

Hemphill in a written response denied any animosity toward Auer as a female attorney and said she works well with the assistant city attorney, who is female

Auer was fired May 2 after only about a month on the job for alleged insubordination. She's filed grievances with state and federal agencies. The city isn't commenting on them.

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