Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Ex-Employee Wants Deal Enforced ; Former WVSU Worker Says School Refuses to Honor Settlement

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Ex-Employee Wants Deal Enforced ; Former WVSU Worker Says School Refuses to Honor Settlement

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Former West Virginia State University employee Crystal Good alleges the school's grants management arm is refusing to pay the settlement agreement it entered into with her earlier this year. Good, an Appalachian poet, entrepreneur and social media strategist who worked for WVSU's Research and Development Corporation for six months before resigning in October 2013, has asked a Kanawha circuit judge to enforce the settlement.

She claims in a lawsuit filed July 10 that the agency "has failed and refuses to pay and/or obtain the settlement monies agreed upon by the parties."

Attorney Tom Kleeh, who represents the Research and Development Corporation, said Tuesday afternoon that the school's insurance carrier sent settlement checks to Good and her attorney last week. Good's lawsuit is still pending in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Good is to receive a $180,000 payment, according to the settlement agreement negotiated by the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management. The Gazette-Mail obtained the settlement agreement last month in response to a request under the state Freedom of Information Act.

The settlement came after Good filed a sexual harassment claim against a former supervisor, according to former co-workers at WVSU. The agreement states that Good alleged that the WVSU Research and Development Corporation "exposed Good to a hostile work environment and constructively discharged her from employment.

Good was assistant director for development at WVSU. She did marketing work for the university's extension service.

Good's lawyers at Jacobs Law Offices in Charleston are to get $120,000 under the settlement.

As part of the settlement, WVSU's research group denied any wrongdoing, while Good agreed not to sue the nonprofit or talk publicly about the allegations.

However, according to the lawsuit, WVSU has breached the terms of the settlement agreement. …

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