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Is there are proper way to fire someone? I’m sure human resources experts have many tips for managers on how to inform an employee she is no longer wanted.

In checking the court case of a former Rochester City School District administrator who is suing the district for age, gender and racial discrimination, I came across her termination letter. It was recently filed as evidence.

Dr. Marilyn Patterson-Grant had been employed in the district for decades and was highly regarded by peers and the community. She was principal of Wilson Magnet before former superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard tapped her to be a deputy superintendent. After several bad reviews, Brizard personally gave Patterson-Grant the following letter:

I was struck by the absence of one line: “Thank you for your service to the district.”¬†Even if she hadn’t performed satisfactorily, it seemed a cruel way to end a long career.

Perhaps Brizard did thank her upon giving her the letter. He described the meeting in a deposition and said Patterson-Grant was silent and he assumed she was angry. Brizard told her she could resign, retire or be fired. Patterson-Grant chose to be fired, which made her eligible for severance pay. She soon filed a lawsuit against Brizard and the district after the EEOC determined she was discriminated against. The case is still pending.

Links of the Day:

– Red light cameras are hitting poor neighborhoods the most. The Democrat and Chronicle‘s Brian Sharp did a great piece on the program. The city is issuing tickets at a rate of one every six minutes – and there’s no conclusive evidence the cameras are making us safer.

– Monroe Community College is no longer a “high school with ashtrays.” This invaluable school is celebrating its 50th year.

– A Central New York town took fluoride out of its water system without talking to a single expert.

– A Buffalo man on parole shoplifted from Wegmans, hoping to be sent back to prison where he can get free treatment for leukemia.

– A Syracuse assemblyman really, really likes Destiny USA.

Incredible street photography in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.