Wednesday, July 17, 2019

YMCA faces lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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U.S. District Court Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer on July 11 rejected a bid by the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to restrict access to a lawsuit alleging Southeast YMCA director Carlos Lozano sexually assaulted a subordinate and that the Y then retaliated against her.

The employee, Julie Slivka, alleges the Y refused to adjust her schedule so she didn’t have to work with Lozano after the February 2018 alleged assault in his office.

The YMCA called the claim “slanderous” in a statement to Colorado Public Radio, which reported on the lawsuit in February.

CPR and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition opposed shielding proceedings and court records, with Denver attorney Steve Zansberg noting the complaint was posted publicly, so attempts to shield it would be futile.

Slivka’s complaint says the YMCA didn’t take her report seriously, and instead told her to “pray on it.” She’s since resigned. Lozano no longer works at the Y, but it’s unclear if he was fired or resigned, CPR reports. 

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