A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the embattled former state Board of Elections executive director that accused his once employer of violating his rights by firing him. U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. granted the board’s motion to dismiss after hearing arguments at Roger Williams University School of Law in April. Kando sued the board in September, arguing that he was fired a month earlier without proper notice. He alleged violations of due process and the state Open Meetings Act.
According to the ruling, Kando was hired as executive director in 2005. His first eight years were “largely uneventful,” but that changed when changes in the makeup of the board led to personality conflicts. Things got so volatile that Kando and another employee filed a complaint alleging work-place violence by board vice chairman Stephen Erickson. The board fired him in January 2016.
Kando asserted that the board then hired him back and ordered him to enroll in management classes, the ruling says. Three months later Kando conceded that he hadn’t enrolled by the January 2016 deadline the board had set, but told the board that he had now enrolled.