City of Orlando employee suspended amid investigation for blocking women’s health clinic access, officials say

Parking employee blocked clinic in city-owned vehicle, complaint alleges

An Orlando staffer was suspended amid an investigation into a complaint claiming they blocked access to a women’s health clinic in a city-owned vehicle earlier this month, city officials announced Thursday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando staffer was suspended amid an investigation into a complaint claiming they blocked access to a women’s health clinic in a city-owned vehicle earlier this month, city officials announced Thursday.

Ashley Papagni, a spokesperson for the city of Orlando, said the parking employee has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, which is still ongoing.

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“I can confirm we have been made aware of this complaint and have opened an investigation. It is currently active and ongoing,” Papagani said in a previous email to News 6 on Aug. 4.

In that email, she added that the worker was still employed with the city as of Aug. 4.

An Orlando staffer was suspended amid an investigation into a complaint claiming they blocked access to a women’s health clinic in a city-owned vehicle earlier this month, city officials announced Thursday. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

When News 6 followed up Thursday, Papagni said the parking employee had since been suspended.

Stephanie Pineiro, the executive director of Florida Access Network, said she believes that action needs to be taken.

“Unfortunately, without further action from local government, from state government, from federal government, we believe that anti-abortion protestors are going to continue to feel emboldened to take action like this,” she said.

News 6 has requested a copy of the complaint, but has yet to receive it.

No other information is available at this time. Check back here for updates.

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Samantha started at WKMG-TV in September 2020. Before joining the News 6 team, Samantha was a political reporter for The Villages Daily Sun and has had freelance work featured in the Evansville Courier-Press and The Community Paper. When not writing, she enjoys travelling and performing improv comedy.