Ex-DEW employee suing agency director over data

Associated Press

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

Kerry Paul was fired this week 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 is suing director Cheryl Stanton. Paul says such work was part of her job and that she never acted with nefarious intent. She says Stanton mounted a campaign to make her leave the agency because other employees looked up to her.

Agency officials said Friday the lawsuit has no merit.

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