City Secretary files complaint against PI

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Port Isabel City Secretary Susie Alcocer has filed an age discrimination complaint against the City of Port Isabel. The complaint was submitted to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), confirmed Interim City Manager Jared Hockema Friday.

“We deny the claim,” Hockema said. “The (City) attorney will respond to it. I know he’s reviewing it,” he continued.

The PRESS received a copy of the complaint from the City Thursday morning. In it, Alcocer, 53, who has worked for the City for 13 years — seven as City secretary — alleges she is being discriminated against due to her age after receiving a pay reduction from $23.77 per hour to $20.77 per hour.

Alcocer further alleges the pay cut is ‘pre-textual’ in light of a pay increase given to Assistant City Secretary Nadini P. Jee, who has served in that capacity for three years. “The pay reduction for my salary of $3.00 dollars per hour was provided to Ms. Jee who is younger and less qualified than myself,” Alcocer writes in the complaint.

AlcocerComplaint (PDF)

2014-2015 Salary Scale (PDF)

2015-2016 Salary Scale (PDF)

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