Former OB Principal Claims Supt. Harassment

Former OB Principal Claims Supt. Harassment

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The investigation into those allegations is over. None of the allegations concerning Dr. Lee were corroborated. Still, Lori Hill-Brocato says we haven't heard the whole story. The former principal of Orange Beach Elementary School was let go earlier this year on the grounds of incompetence, neglect of duty and failure to perform. She says we have only heard one side of the story and tonight she is telling hers.

"I feel like my story needs to be told and the taxpayers need to be aware of what is going on."

She has been silent for six months. Now former Orange Beach Elementary School principal Lori Brocato is speaking out. "I had refuted Dr. Lee's sexual advances for over a year."

She says it happened dozens of times. All detailed in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.

"The phone calls would come frequently, during course of normal business day. They were always, 'What are you wearing to work today?' or 'I've been thinking about you,' he would always put in some inappropriate comment."

She says two weeks after she stopped the alleged advances. She was placed on paid administrative leave.

"I did tell a board member that Dr. Lee was harassing me and that board member assured me, twice, that they would look into it but not to say anything. Assured me if it came to termination they would make everything okay."

She was fired in January. The school board later rescinded the termination and decided to non-renew her contract. She remains on paid administrative leave until her contract is up June 30.

"It's heartbreaking. I was hired on skill, abilities and experience and that is what I was told. I repeatedly told Alan Lee when he would cross the line. He would say I will be doing your evaluation. I will be the one determining if you stay after your probationary period."

Two investigations: One into Brocato's performance and one into her allegations against Dr. Lee have been completed. "One of the best investigatory firms on the planet looked into her allegations," says school board spokesman Terry Wilhite. "Both made in the EEOC complaint and in her termination hearing and there was no substance found to any of her allegations."

Brocato says she has no ill will towards Dr. Lee and a group of teachers and staff members at Orange Beach Elementary that made the complaints about her performance that ultimately got her fired. She says she is not angry and she has forgiven everyone. It was just time to speak out.

Once again, a third party investigation cleared Dr. Lee of the allegations.

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