Downtown Bend competes for $25,000 prize

Bond Street in downtown Bend. 

The Downtown Bend Business Association’s former executive director, Shannon Monihan, is suing the association for sex discrimination, harassment, retaliation and negligent hiring and retention.

A nearly $1.8 million lawsuit filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Tuesday alleges Monihan’s supervisor and the association’s former board president, Patrick Trowbridge, sexually harassed her and persistently treated her inappropriately. Other board members were unresponsive when Monihan tried to report Trowbridge’s conduct, the lawsuit alleges.

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Anna, a Nebraska native, covers crime and public safety. She’s been with The Bulletin since 2022. She seeks to incorporate nuance and diverse perspectives to broaden readers’ understandings of the criminal justice system, public safety and homelessness. Readers can contact Anna with news tips via phone or email.

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