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Alleged nepotistic hiring causes controversy

November 18, 2011
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BROCKTON, MA — As Brockton debates new favoritism disclosure mandates, the daughter of a senior school custodian gets a custodial job, according to the Enterprise News.

Lauren Rideout was one of 120 job applicants for a post at the George Elementary School; her father is Donald Rideout, a senior custodian who manages the inventory of the school district’s cleaning supplies, the article stated.

According to the article, the hiring unfortunately came as the city adopts a policy that requires finalists for city jobs to disclose any family relationships with current employees.

"I can understand why this would raise suspicions or concerns for people who were passed over for the jobs who don’t have relatives in the school system," said School Committee Vice Chairman Tom Minichiello.

"I think it’s fair to raise questions about favoritism. I don''t have the answers to that, but it''s fair to raise the question," Minichiello added.

According to Michael Thomas, director of operations, Donald Rideout had no involvement in the hiring process, and stated that Lauren does not report to or work with her father and the disclosure of their relationship had no bearing on his hiring decision, the article noted.

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