Jerge v. City of Hemphill

This case arose when the City Council denied the female City Secretary an opportunity to serve as City Manager – even though she successfully handled the requirements of that job before.

When she applied, the Mayor said she had his support, but warned her that City Council would “never go along with it because they don’t think a woman can do the job.” Indeed, the City Council hired a male with no municipal government experience.

The Court of Appeals reversed the trial judge, who had dismissed the case based on his interpretation of the evidence. The case settled before trial.

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