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Chapin's town clerk files discrimination charge against mayor


The suspended Chapin town clerk filed an age discrimination charge against the town's mayor.

Attorney Lewis Cromer, who represents Adrienne Thompson, said Wednesday that paperwork was filed in April with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the S.C. Human Affairs Commission.

Mayor Skip Wilson suspended Thompson with pay April 25, stating she is suspected of misappropriating town funds, unauthorized purchasing, giving personal loans to town employees, ethics violations, and nepotism. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the town's funds.

Cromer's law firm, along with Elrod Pope Law Firm, released a certified letter dated May 20, 2014, to Mayor Skip Wilson stating Wilson's actions against Thompson have affected her tremendously.

"You have charged her with improper and illegal practices, suggested that she has embezzled money and is incompetent for her job," Cromer wrote. "You even have taken action against her for allegedly publishing and announcing a special call(ed) meeting agenda of the Chapin City Council when that was her mandated duty."

Cromer's letter also pointed out that even though Thompson has not been officially terminated, the mayor "constructively fired her and (forbade) her to act in accordance with her job."

The attorney also writes to the mayor that they "intend to bring appropriate legal action against you personally and any others who are responsible" for the recent issues brought against Thompson. Cromer expects a lawsuit to be filed soon, which will include defamation of character, civil conspiracy and emotional distress. He is investigating the town's public policy on Thompson's suspension and that might also be included in the civil lawsuit.

The Town of Chapin will be allowed to respond to Thompson's discrimination charge before the EEOC starts an investigation. Cromer expects an investigation to start by August and said it could last at least six months.

Once the investigation is complete, Thompson will decide if they will file a federal lawsuit against Wilson and any others involved in the discrimination charge.

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