Mayor Gough named one of the worst bosses in the nation

A website has named Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough as the 8th worst boss in the country. assembled a panel of workplace experts who selected and ranked the second annual list of America’s Worst Bosses.

The distinction comes after several female employees accused Gough of creating “hostile and harassment-based working environment.” In August the City Council censured him, called on him to resign and stripped him of hiring and firing authority.

Gough was the subject of a personnel investigation in which employees reported that his communication is rude, dismissive, demeaning and condescending.  Some witnesses claimed that Gough has a gender bias and uses unflattering nicknames for female staff members.

In May his former assistant Stephanie Simpson settled with the city for $49,500 after accusing Gough of discrimination.

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