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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Moldgate Revisited: The Saturday Night Massacre (only on a Monday, and with more mold)

Remember how a whistleblower with courage and pluck, kind of like Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich only not a woman, dared stand up to the monolithic Fellowship Square Foundation and say its Lake Anne buildings were filled to the gills with scary, toxic mold? We sort of forgot about it, too, but it turns out that after getting fired, he's now been evicted.

An ex-employee of the Fellowship Square Foundation was evicted from the Lake Anne location Monday after he refused to move out upon his termination in August.

Oliver Thomas was hired by the Fellowship Square Foundation as the chief of maintenance for both buildings on April 1, 2003. He was fired in August 2007 in what he believes was retaliation for his vocal concerns about mold and bacteria growing in the building's infrastructure.

Thomas and his family maintain that the 35-year-old building's heating and cooling system is corroded and contains mold that has caused the family severe allergies and health problems.

Director James Garrett said Thomas was fired because of insubordination.

Thomas filed a lawsuit against the Foundation for wrongful termination but continued to live in the apartment initially provided by his former employer.
Wow. Nearly six months without paying rent before getting evicted? Is the apartment still available?

Anyway, Thomas has a lawyer and a lawsuit and a new job and a new apartment. The real question is whether or not folks at the Fellowship House actually got their newspapers this week.

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