Ex-DEW employee suing agency director over data

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A former employee of South Carolina's unemployment agency says the department's director made up allegations that the employee improperly downloaded personal information to force her out.

Former human resources Kerry Paul sued Department of Employment and Workforce director Cheryl Stanton this week.

Paul was fired from her post as human resources director at the Department of Employment and Workforce. Agency officials say she downloaded personal data of thousands of current and former employees and their beneficiaries onto a personal flash drive.

Paul says such work was part of her job and that she never acted with nefarious intent. She says Stanton wanted her to leave the agency because other employees looked up to Paul. She says Stanton asked her to leave last year.

Agency officials declined to comment.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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