Witnesses Lined Up For Federal Trial Of Lana Sutton Sexual Harassment Case Against The City

Friday, January 3, 2014

Witnesses have been lined up for the federal trial of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former city employee Lana Sutton against the city of Chattanooga.

She claims that former city General Services Administrator Paul Page told her to dress in sexy outfits and to "entertain" executives and heads of giant corporations coming into Chattanooga.

She worked as a part-time fitness trainer for the city from 2007 until April 2011, the suit says.

Sutton attorneys plan to call Mr. Page as well as former Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Her attorneys said they may call Art Rahn, Donna Kelley, Jenifer Lass Lowery, Rick O'Rear, Larry Zehnder, Stan Sewell, Madeline Green, Ralph Aaron, Patty Whittacre and Jennifer Baggett.

The city may call Mr. Page, Ms. Lowery, Mr. O'Rear, Ms. Kelley, Dan Johnson, Missy Crutchfield, Ms. Whittacre, Chris Holley, Mr. Aaron, Gary Poole of Brewer Media, Richard Beeland and Rose Martin of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

The trial is set to start in late May.

A settlement was reached in a similar case filed against the city by another female city employee who worked for Mr. Page, city officials said.


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