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OnTrack suit was settled out of court

I’m wondering whatever happened in that lawsuit against former OnTrack director Rita Sullivan? If I remember right, she was being sued for inappropriate behavior.

— Chuck B., via email

A pair of lawsuits against the addiction service nonprofit alleging its longtime executive director mistreated employees began with a bang — containing enough explosive allegations to spark the ouster of Sullivan after 39 years with OnTrack and even changing the nonprofit’s logo — but both suits ended quietly earlier this year.

In 2017, five employees filed a $7.87 million lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court against the nonprofit, Sullivan and leaders who have since stepped down. In 2018, another three employees filed suit alleging whistleblower retaliation, alleging they faced violations of state wage and family leave laws, and emotional distress.

Parties in the two cases agreed to dismiss the suits after engaging in mediation and settling out of court, according to judgments filed in June.

The rulings dismiss the cases with prejudice, and without ordering lawyer fees or costs to any party.

Previously named defendants in the OnTrack suits had been dropped from the suit before the case was settled, according to court records. The board of directors of OnTrack were dropped in October 2017, after they resigned voluntarily, and Rick Nagel and Tonia Moro, who worked as interim executive and deputy executive director, were removed from the suit in February 2018 because they had resigned from their positions voluntarily.

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