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No quick settlement of Skeel lawsuit

By From page A1 | April 18, 2012

Recent mediation between fired El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel and EDHCSD representatives have failed to produce a suitable settlement offer, Skeel’s attorney Ellen Arabian-Lee reported.

Skeel continues to apply for positions across the country, but has not been offered employment to date, she added.

In an e-mail to Village Life Arabian-Lee wrote that Skeel is still willing to entertain settlement proposals, but is now proceeding with litigation. He filed a lawsuit against his former employer on Feb. 25, 2012, alleging the district violated his three-year employment contract by failing to establish “good cause” to terminate him.

Skeel started in January 2011, was placed on administrative leave in June and was fired in December.

Under California law the district had 45 days from the date the lawsuit was filed to accept the claim and settle with Skeel, after which Skeel has six months to file a lawsuit.

Skeel’s wife Paula confirmed the situation by phone over the weekend, adding, “It’s rough on us financially and emotionally. We’d just like to see it done.”

Asked if he’d consider a reinstatement offer, Skeel replied by e-mail, “All I have ever wanted was to get back to work — to do the job that I was hired for.”

Mike Roberts

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