Iowa School District Settles 3rd Firing-Related Lawsuit for $1M

October 18, 2019

The Waukee, Iowa, school district has settled the last of three lawsuits filed by former employees who alleged they were retaliated against for exposing wrongdoing by the district’s former chief operating officer.

The Waukee school board voted Oct. 16 to approve the $1 million settlement with Amy Patters. She said in her lawsuit filed in January last year that she was forced to resign after reporting her boss for mismanaging money and violating district policies.

She was administrative assistant for Eric Rose. A district investigation discovered that Rose had fabricated time cards, used school property for personal purposes and solicited money for his son’s hockey team from district vendors.

Rose has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the allegations.

In May last year the district paid a $175,000 settlement to former operations manager Nicholas Bavas. His lawsuit said he was forced to quit after reporting Rose’s conduct.

In January 2018 the school board approved a nearly $1 million settlement with former Human Resources Director Terry Welker, who also reported Rose’s actions.

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