State officials responsible for enforcing labor laws have issued a complaint against Santa Clara County, alleging that county District Attorney Jeff Rosen unfairly retaliated against a prosecutor and union activist after the man criticized one of his policies.
The complaint by the Public Employment Relations Board regarding the Rosen administration's treatment of Deputy District Attorney Jim Sibley would normally be heard by one of its administrative judges. But the matter is first being decided in binding arbitration.
The flap began last year after Sibley claimed that Rosen retaliated against him for openly criticizing his controversial administrative-leave policy. Sibley, who was on the board of the Government Attorneys Association at the time, lost his position as a supervising attorney on Rosen's executive team, as well as the 5-percent pay bonus that went with it. Rosen also transferred him to an outlying office in Palo Alto, adding as much as two extra hours or so to his daily round-trip commute from Scotts Valley.
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