A former staff member for the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics has settled a lawsuit with The University of Akron after claims she lost her job because of her political views.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the University has agreed to pay Gail Garbrandt, an outspoken Democrat, $125,000 which represents about two years salary and benefits .
Garbrandt claimed Bliss Institute Director John Green encouraged UA officials to fire her or not to renew her contract because of her political affiliation. Green would not comment on the lawsuit when asked by the Beacon Journal, but the newspaper story noted documents provided by the University show Green had become dissatisfied with Garbrandt's work, including outside political work and management of her University of Akron time while also teaching at Walsh University.
She says Green knew about her involvement in political activities, which included serving as vice chairwoman of communications for the Democratic Party in Tuscarawas County.
A University of Akron spokesperson told AkronNewsNow.com "this matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties." The settlement was approved by an Ohio Court of Claims Judge on December 20, 2011.
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(Editor's note: updated 3:26 p.m. with additional information)
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