Adelanto Settles Wrongful Termination Suit

A former Adelanto employee who claims he was fired because of his age and Hispanic heritage has settled with the city for $75,000. And there may be more to come, as Adelanto faces several wrongful termination suits and claims dating back to 2016.

Wednesday’s agreement stemmed from a lawsuit brought by Jose Figueroa, who worked in the city’s Public Works Department for more than two decades before he was fired by Superintendent Don Wappler in 2017. His suit alleged that Wappler said “it was about time the city got rid of the Hispanic employees" and worked with other white employees to have him ousted.

Mayor Pro Tem Stevevonna Evans told the Victorville Daily Press that the legal settlement saved the city $1.6 million.

“We inherited a mess with these pending lawsuits from the prior administration," Evans added. "Our goal is to handle them as quickly as possible and to get started with our own plans for the city."

Adelanto recently elected a new mayor and two new city council members. The newcomers have promised a more transparent and accountable government going forward.


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