Pamela Dietz, former human resources manager for Goodwill Industries in Lorain County recently filed a lawsuit against the agency. She claims wrongful termination after being fired for investigating a suspected theft scheme within the organization. Dietz filed the suit in Lorain County Common Please Court. The suit is detailed, spelling out her discovery of the theft she alleges was occurring as well as the attempts made by Goodwill Industries to cover up the problem. Dietz was employed from Feb. 18, 2013 through October 2013 when CEO Steve Greenwell fired her.
The second defendant named in the suit is Jack Arbogast. He is described in the lawsuit as the director of donated goods. Dietz is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for emotional stress as well as lost wages. The alleged theft scheme is described in the suit. Items donated to Goodwill were resold by Arbogast, a Goodwill employee, and the employee’s husband. The sales were handled through the eBay auction website. Dietz claims she discovered the theft scheme through another employee coming to her with the information in September 2013. Larry Abetya came to her with the request for time off due to “stress and anxiety” in connection with his personal relationship with Arbogast. Abetya advised Dietz that Arbogast took a 1994 Geo Prism from Goodwill and gave it to Abetya. Abetya was involved in a car accident in the Prism in April 2013. The suit alleges that Arbogast regularly took donated goods from Goodwill (i.e. cars, speakers, a boat, a pool table, etc.) There were multiple accounts set up on eBay to sell the items stolen from Goodwill’s donated goods.
Dietz was out of a job by the end of October 2013.
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