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Marc Appelbaum is no longer the Town Manager of Dewey Beach.

WBOC reports that the town council and Appelbaum came to an agreement on Saturday.

Appelbaum has been hit with controversy surround allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

A recent independent investigation recommended that Appelbaum be reprimanded but not suspended or fired.

Action on his tenure was postponed until the city council had read the full report.

There was also a delay because of a city election.

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Dewey Beach will pay the legal fees for Town Manager Marc Appelbaum if it needed to do so.

The town commissioners voted unanimously but said it will wait two business days before providing the financial compensation.

Rick Cross the lawyer for those who have filed complaints that include sexual harassment and racial discrimination told WBOC that the town agreed to withhold payment until the issue has been decided by the courts.

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Now that the municipal elections are over the Dewey Beach Town Commission will take up the case of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

It comes a week after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and improper conduct in office.

The probe found there was not enough evidence to immediately suspend or terminate Appelbaum.

The investigating attorney said that some of the most serious complaints occurred three or four years ago.

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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There’s not enough evidence to fire or suspend Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

That’s the conclusion from the lawyer hired by the resort to investigate complaints against the city official.

Attorney Max Walton told the town officials that some of the most serious complaints occurred three to four years ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported that he said that his interview found those who filed complaints had either inflated the incidents or were inspired by their resentment of Appelbaum’s perceived interference with their responsibilities.

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Dewey Beach officials may decide the fate of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum this Friday.

The town council is set to consider what to do in the face of a number of calls for his dismissal or suspension.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he has been accused of sexual harassment, racial discrimination along with misuse of his office for personal purposes as well as interfering with the police.

The meeting also comes with a municipal election that is slated for Saturday.

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Four female Virginia State University employees are suing the school over gender-based pay inequities and accusations of sexual harassment.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  separate lawsuits have been filed in Richmond Circuit Court by Deborah Goodwyn, Zoe Spencer, Sandra Evans and Bridget Wilson.

Evans and Wilson say they were victims of unwanted sexual advances and harassment by former school employee Michael Shackleford.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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A commission has been convened by the faculty of the University of Delaware to make recommendations on improving the school system’s sexual harassment and assault policies.

The task force efforts range from looking at education and training programs and holding hearings to conducting an online climate survey to assess the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the initiative comes in the wake of a rally last September held by hundreds of students who called for changes in the school system’s policies.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is updating policies on sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment, as the issue of rape on campus receives greater scrutiny from the federal government.

A Board of Regents committee is considering changes such as barring schools from requiring mediation between an alleged victim and the accused. Draft revisions also include an expanded definition of consent, and new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

A Superior Court jury rejected a sexual harassment claim by former Delaware State Police employee Diana Miller.

Miller alleged that she had been coerced into having sex by her superior during her time at Troop 2.

Captain John Laird who was accused of the harassment retired in 2007 shortly after Miller first made her accusations.

The Deputy Attorney General Michael McTaggart told the jury that the relationship was consensual.