November 30, 2012

Rangeley paying $145K to settle lawsuit in foreman's firing

And the former town manager must pay $30,000.

The Associated Press

RANGELEY — Residents of Rangeley have authorized the Board of Selectmen to pay $145,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the town's former highway foreman.

The money is to be taken from the town's unreserved fund.

Town Clerk Ethna Thompson tells the Sun Journal the vote was taken Wednesday and 20 to 25 residents voted at a half-hour meeting.

Former highway foreman Everett Quimby was fired in 2010 after 14 years. He responded with a lawsuit, saying he was terminated without due process, in violation of town policy and in violation of the Maine Whistleblowers' Protection Act and the Maine Human Rights Act.

The lawsuit was settled for $175,000. The town's share was $145,000 while former Town Manager Perry Ellsworth must pay $30,000.

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