Children Services is sued by former employee – Suit seeks damages for harassment.

Another LAWSUIT?, funny how I have not sued  a single person and the Craigslist haters think that’s what I do? Those looking for the EASY way out are those who work in and around theses bureaucratic systems. I just expose how they are BANKRUPTING us financially and morally, and I’m the problem?

I do hope the trolls keep it up, I won’t sue for money, just exposure to who they are would be punishment enough! Folks would then see how I have been RIGHT all along.

MANSFIELD — A former employee of Richland County Children Services is suing the agency in federal court, seeking $150,000 in damages for alleged harassment and violation of her Constitutional rights.

Mindy Wymer and her husband, William Wymer, of Spring Village Drive, Ontario, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court Saturday. The county agency is named as a defendant, along with former director Randy Parker, interim executive director Nikki Harless, and employees Marsha Coleman, Michael Brendemuehl, Holly Hartman and Alice Ramsay.

Mindy Wymer worked for Children Services from May 2010 to May 2011, initially assigned to the protective supervision team. The lawsuit says she was placed in a new position Parker created for her, but that he later told employees she was difficult to work with. Wymer contends she was assigned a supervisor who harassed and humiliated her, until she transferred back to Protective Supervision, then resigned.

In their lawsuit, the Wymers said they took their young son to the emergency room three times between Dec. 12 and Dec. 15, 2011, eventually learning he had a possible bone infection and sternal fracture.

The Wymers said siblings confirmed the child had been jumping off a couch, sometimes hitting the floor.

The lawsuit said Brendemuehl appeared at their door with a police officer Dec. 15, 2011, and initially said he did not believe the boy’s injuries resulted from abuse. However, the social worker returned around 1:30 a.m. the next morning, ordering the couple to immediately take all four children to a hospital for a physical exam, or Children Services would file for emergency custody.

The four children were removed a few hours later, and allegations of child abuse filed in Richland County Juvenile Court.

The lawsuit said Children Services recommended that William Wymer be required to leave the home, even though he had no history of violence and a police officer said the removal appeared to be a personal vendetta against his wife.

The Wymers say their children were ordered to foster care, despite the availability of relatives to take them in.

They allege in their lawsuit that Hartman and Ramsay tried to get criminal charges filed against William Wymer by falsely stating that he had hit his son with his fist, though the injured boy clearly identified a sibling as the person who hit him.

The Wymers say a physician reviewing X-rays reported he did not see any fracture, but on Children Services’ insistence, took a second look and reported a “teeny tiny” fracture like a bone fleck.

On Jan. 6, 2012, the juvenile court case was dismissed, on condition the couple agree to protective supervision of three children.

The lawsuit alleges that a therapist reported that the parents appeared devoted to their children, and decided no treatment was needed, but was pressured to change his report and reportedly threatened that the agency would not use his services again.

According to the Wymers, Children Services determined that the child was physically abused, with no perpetrator named, and that William Wymer was responsible for neglect for “refusing” to provide his son with medical treatment.

The Wymers say the agency denied Wymer the right to return home or visit with his children without supervision until about Feb. 12, 2012. They say they filed a grievance with Parker, and that the former director failed to make a timely response to their complaints.

The lawsuit, filed by Dublin attorney James Banks, seeks an injunction, compensatory damages of $75,000, punitive damages of $75,000 and attorney fees.

Richland County Children Services officials said late Wednesday the agency had not yet been served with the court filing.

“We are aware of the lawsuit and we will respond fully in the appropriate forum at the appropriate time,” said Patty Harrelson, recently hired as the agency’s new executive director.

“One of the great things about a republic is that citizens can seek redress to their claims and that our courts have the wisdom and responsibility to determine the real merits of each case. We look forward to this matter being before the court and a fair and just hearing of the actual facts,” she said in a written statement.

“Beyond this, we cannot comment specifically on this case as both Ohio and Federal law regarding confidentiality prohibit us from doing so.”

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