Monday, October 17, 2011

County Clerk George Williams loses unemployment benefits case

The County of Oswego lost an unemployment case that stems back to May when a letter written by County Clerk George Williams led to the resignation of an employee.

The employee said she quit due to Williams’ impugning of her integrity. The employee filed for unemployment and the county fought the claim.

Administrative Law Judge Brian Mohin sided with the employee and agreed she is entitled to benefits.

The recent decision states, “The credible evidence establishes that the claimant voluntarily quit her ongoing employment on June 13, 2011 because the employer had written a letter to the county legislature accusing the claimant of transmitting information about visitors to the county clerk’s office.”

The judge’s ruling continues, “On May 28, 2011, the county clerk wrote a letter to Republican members of the county legislature describing difficulties experienced by the county clerk and listing the claimant as a member of “the cast of characters or disgruntle (sic) employees in the County Clerk’s Registrar’s Office so that you know them by name.”

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