WSU pays $13K to settle lawsuit brought by former administrator

Update:

Wright State University’s research arm has agreed to pay $13,209 to settle a lawsuit brought by former administrator Ryan Fendley.

In a settlement agreement obtained today by this newspaper, Wright State Applied Research Corporation denies claims brought by former advisor to the provost Ryan Fendley, who claimed WSU failed to pay him under a contract he had in addition to his full-time job.

Original story:

Wright State University’s research arm and a former administrator fired by the school have settled a lawsuit that alleged Wright State Applied Research Corporation failed to pay him under a side contract he had in addition to his full-time job.

Ryan Fendley, former senior advisor to the WSU provost, filed the suit in January demanding $32,583 in damages plus interest and attorney’s fees.

Greene County Common Pleas Court records show the case was formally settled Sept. 29, with each party agreeing to pay their own costs.

The specific terms of the settlement have not been released yet, though this news organization has requested a copy of the settlement agreement under Ohio public records law and will update this story when more information becomes available.

Fendley still has a separate lawsuit against the school filed in the Ohio Court of Claims. In that suit, he claims he was improperly terminated and is owed $249,000 in back pay.

Fendley was fired after the launch of an ongoing federal investigation into WSU’s potentially illegal misuse of a federal work visa program. The school’s former provost and a researcher have been on paid leave for more than a year during the investigation, and the school’s top attorney was forced to resign.

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