An Ely School District Employee reinstated after allegations of sexual harassment

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An Ely School District Employee reinstated after allegations of sexual harassment

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A maintenance worker will get his job back with the Ely School District.

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota reports that the worker who was the long–time union president for ISD 696 in Ely, MN, was fired for alleged sexual harassment of students/teachers.

The foundation says a state arbitrator has ruled that the worker will be reinstated.

According to the Freedom Foundation, here is the alleged harasser's disciplinary record:

–Received warnings twice in 2002 for inappropriately touching elementary and high school students, and was directed to review the district's sexual harassment policy.

–Received a suspension (two days with pay) in 2004 for sexual harassment after inappropriately touching another student.

–Accused by a couple teachers of inappropriate touching and "sexually suggestive remarks" and accused by a third teacher of sexual harassment.

The ISD 696 school board found that the alleged harasser violated the district's policy leading to the firing in November 2013; however, the alleged harasser and AFSCME Council 65 fought the firing which brought the case to arbitration, all according to the Freedom Foundation.

The arbitration determined that firing was too severe of a punishment, so the punishment became a suspension (90 days without pay), according to the Freedom Foundation.

Ramona Marozas

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