Fired UNCG employee: Strike two

A second panel of UNCG staffers recommended fired employee Lyda Carpen not be rehired due to her “unacceptable personal conduct” of using a university laptop for freelance jobs. The final decision regarding Carpen’s professional will be made by Chancellor Linda Brady. Gee I wonder what her decision will be.

No matter —- Carpen’s attorney Seth Cohen is setting the stage for an appeal with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings in Raleigh. Cohen has his angle, and it involves Vice Chancellor Paul Mason, whom Carpen accused of creating a hostile work environment:

Cohen said Carpen was told not to discuss those matters during her interview with the panel, nor to discuss officials complaints she made against Mason.
The panel, however, wrote that it “does not feel that Mr. Mason targeted Ms. Carpen but acted morally and ethically in reporting his findings.”
Cohen said the panel couldn’t possibly make such a determination without hearing from Carpen.
“She said nothing (to the panel) about it. She provided no evidence,” he said.
“How did they make that finding, and why did they make that finding?”

The third appeal will be a public hearing, and Cohen wants to put Mason on the stand to explain what kind of work environment he was creating.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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