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Raymond Terminated From UMD

Posted at: 05/22/2013 11:36 AM
Updated at: 05/22/2013 7:08 PM
By: Brittany Falkers

The dispute between the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and Wellness Director Rod Raymond has been a lengthy one, but now the schools says he has been terminated.

The well-known co-owner of popular businesses such as Fitger's Brewhouse and Burrito Union has been at UMD since 1989.  However, after months of questions and an investigation - has been let go.

On April 25, 2013, the school says it informed Raymond of his termination, effective May 9, 2013.  That is according to a statement from UMD's office of external affairs. 

The statement says Raymond's termination is the result of a University investigation which found that Raymond violated various policies and procedures and that just cause exists for discipline.

The violations included the following:

Raymond's troubles with UMD started back in 2009.  He was investigated and reprimanded for the alleged sexual harassment of two UMD students, but returned to the job. 

Then, in November of 2012, Raymond went on voluntary leave without pay for two additional complaints.  Then human resources director, Judith Karon, said at the time she could not release the nature of those complaints.

The UMD statement says Raymond does have the right to appeal the termination.

A job opening for UMD's wellness coordinator position was posted on the school's Web site, May 1. But the University says it has not yet been filled.

In response to UMD, Raymond's attorney issued a sharply worded statement. 

Lindsay RM Jones says he will take Raymond's case to an independent review panel through the University of Minnesota's Office of Conflict Resolution.

He says UMD officials will, "Answer to his allegations that they abused their authority and offices in depriving him of due process in seeking to force him out of UMD."

Jones says UMD's public comments are "Consistent with the pattern and practice of bias... directed at Mr. Raymond."