- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Board of Elections has reached an $85,000 settlement with a former confidential secretary who claimed she was fired in an act of retaliation.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1OfQiPh ) Andreza Skipworth and board officials in January agreed on the settlement in exchange for Skipworth dropping her claims.

Suspended Executive Director Robert Kando terminated Skipworth in January 2015.

Skipworth made claims in May 2014 about mismanagement at the agency. She later filed discrimination complaints with the state Commission for Human Rights and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleging she was deliberately passed over for a raise.

Kando had said Skipworth had a poor job performance and unprofessional demeanor.

The board’s attorney investigated the claims and said there was no documentation of any difficulties with Skipworth’s job performance.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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