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MRP: What is Nixon Hiding in Taxpayer Financed Settlement with Disabled State Worker?

December 17th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

JEFFERSON CITY _ Jay Nixon continues to hide from taxpayers a secret settlement with a quadriplegic state worker who was fired by Nixon because of her disability. A month has passed since documents from the U.S. District Court for Western Missouri in Jefferson City showed that a settlement had been reached between Marla Grothoff and Nixon. Grothoff, a veteran state attorney, was fired by Nixon after responsibility for staff attorneys within the Department of Social Service Enforcement Division were handed over to the attorney general’s office. Nixon was sued for discriminating against the disabled worker both as the attorney general and as an individual.

The secret settlement comes as even more of a shock given Nixon’s hypocrisy exposed in this March 1, 2001, news release from his office in which Nixon claimed: “State government should be a leader, not a shirker, on issues of discrimination and should not be allowed to treat its employees as second-class citizens.”

“It is unacceptable that Jay Nixon would discriminate against a quadriplegic because of her disability. Jay Nixon already has bilked taxpayers for his illegal use of a state vehicle and now he is sticking it to them again with this reprehensible behavior,” said Paul Sloca, communications director for the Missouri Republican Party.

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