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Former school custodian loses court battle to regain job

October 28, 2010
NAPLES, FL — Robert Richman lost his job as a head custodian with the Collier County School District in 2002, according to The Naples Daily News.
But after it took a mediator more than 1,000 days — or more than three years — to make the determination that he would not be getting his job back, Richman sued the Collier County School Board, wanting a do-over, the article stated.
Wednesday morning, Collier Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Pivacek denied Richman''s request to vacate the arbitration award and said she would not force the district to go back to arbitration, the article noted.
"We''ll take our knocks for now, but we will be examining our grounds for appeal," said Sam Gold, Richman''s attorney.
According to the article, Richman was fired by the Collier County School District on March 20, 2002.
"The reasons are irrelevant," said Gold. "What''s important here is the process. Dr. (John) Kelly (who was then the district''s assistant superintendent) failed to afford Mr. Richman access to his union representation. And the complaints that were made about him were not furnished to him so he could defend himself."
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