- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The former head of the Hawaii Department of Education’s civil rights office has filed a lawsuit against her former bosses, claiming the department suppressed civil rights investigations, improperly shredded important documents and mishandled the department’s policy for reporting child abuse.

Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/1VrcUB9 ) that former head of the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance Susan Kitsu says she was suspended last year and fired earlier this month because she supported Gov. David Ige’s campaign.

According to the lawsuit, Kitsu’s former boss removed her office from civil rights cases and outsourced several investigations to private law firms and investigators.

The DOE says it investigates all allegations of civil rights violations. A spokesman would not say why Kitsu was fired, but said that it was done after a thorough investigation.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/


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