Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Fired schools secretary sues district

        A former Covington Independent Schools secretary is suing the district for wrongful termination, breach of contract and harassment.

        Linda Sue Fries, former secretary for the superintendent, filed the lawsuit last week in Kenton Circuit Court against the school district, the Covington school board, interim Superintendent Jack Moreland and former school board member Joe Meyer.

        Ms. Fries, of Florence, was fired in July when Mr. Moreland replaced former schools chief James Kemp. She had held the job for seven years. During that time, she received positive evaluations for her job performance, according to the lawsuit.

        Ms. Fries' contract was renewed on May 15. However, Mr. Moreland fired her on July 7 for unauthorized personal use of her computer.

        In the lawsuit, Ms. Fries acknowledges that she used her work computer for personal business but did so with permission from Mr. Kemp.

        The suit also alleges that Mr. Meyer harassed and intimidated her in efforts to get her fired.

        Ms. Fries is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, including coverage of loss of past, present and future wages.
        — Lori Hayes


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