Job termination lawsuit settled


Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 11:07 p.m.

The Alachua County Commission agreed on Tuesday to pay $34,804 to a former equal opportunity program manager and her attorney to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit and a discrimination complaint.

Lizzie Floyd Miles was fired from her job with the Equal Opportunity Office in February 2002 after "problems developed with the performance and conduct of her subordinate," Gabe Kaimowitz. He was fired at the same time.

Kaimowitz had filed three lawsuits and other claims naming the county and alleging that discrimination and retaliation were behind his termination. Kaimowitz had made complaints alleging mismanagement by county officials saying they had wasted money.

Miles, who was initially hired in January 1999, claimed she was fired due to racial discrimination, without due process and in retaliation for not disciplining Kaimowitz.

Miles is to receive back pay and benefits of $9,804. The remaining $25,000 is to go to her attorney, Joseph Little.

Miles was temporarily reinstated at the county under the Florida Whistle-Blower law pending the adjudication of her claims in July.

She then accepted a transfer to the county's Partners for a Productive Community Program, where she continues to work.

In exchange for the settlement, Miles has agreed to dismiss all claims against the county.

In August, the County Commission approved a $90,000 settlement with Kaimowitz.

Janine Young Sikes can be reached at 337-0327 or Janine.sikes@gainesvillesun.com.

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