- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A former Washoe County school board member who resigned last week amid accusations of misconduct involving a teenager had recently been fired from his job as a restaurant manager under a corporate policy forbidding harassment and vulgar language in the workplace, his former employer said Monday.

Nicholas Smith of Sparks submitted his resignation to the board after he was confronted with the allegations at his place of employment, Board President Angela Taylor announced Friday.

Smith, 29, formerly worked as general manager of a Sizzler restaurant in Sparks operated by Sizzling Platter, based in Murray, Utah.

The company said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that Smith has been terminated.

“We have strict policies and procedures in place surrounding employee conduct and a zero tolerance policy regarding harassment and inappropriate behavior including vulgar language,” the company said.

It did not elaborate on the situation involving Smith but said an internal investigation was continuing.

Smith has not responded to requests for comment.

A political novice who unseated the previous president of the school board in his first run for office in 2014, Smith submitted his resignation during a meeting with Taylor and school district council, Taylor said.

The alleged misconduct did not involve his work as a school board member and did not occur on school property, Taylor said Friday at a news conference without taking questions.


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