Details emerge in Winthrop firing

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 2:49 PM
Last updated 6:38 PM
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ROCK HILL, S.C. — About a dozen employees say a fired president of Winthrop University yelled whenever she was angry and created a hostile work environment.

University trustees used the statements when they fired Jamie Comstock Williamson last month. The Herald of Rock Hill obtained the statements through a Freedom of Information Act request.

One employee said Williamson yelled as she was moving in her office because she didn’t have enough file folders. Another employee took a $5,000 pay cut and moved to a different job on campus to get away from Williamson and her temper.

Trustees cited Williamson’s treatment of employees when she was fired after a year on the job. Trustees also say she violated the university’s nepotism policy by hiring her husband for a part-time job.

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