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Auburn police officer’s harassment claims are unfounded, says former city manager

A hearing held by the state Division of Human Rights concerning an Auburn police officer’s workplace harassment claims concluded Tuesday after testimonies from Auburn’s former city manager and a city police sergeant.

Administrative Law Judge Michael Groben has not yet made a ruling on the case of Michael Warter, an Auburn police officer who has alleged several instances of workplace discrimination by his superior officers over the past several years after he suffered a duty-related injury suffered in 2010.

Warter — represented by a state-appointed attorney — filed the claim against the city of Auburn and the Auburn Police Department. Groben concluded Tuesday by granting a request from the city’s legal representative, attorney Peter Jones, to submit post-hearing briefs within the next 60 days.

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