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Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:54
Attendees are seen during a special meeting of the Wood County Board of Health September 10, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A second employee complaint has been filed against the Wood County Health District administrator placed on leave last week following allegations of harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
Bill Ault, director of administration, has been on leave with pay since Aug. 29, when an account clerk he supervises, Sarah Hopple, made the initial complaint suggesting Ault has a temper when speaking with employees and that he threatened her recent promotion for speaking up.
The new complaint, submitted Friday and released as a public record Tuesday, supports Hopple's claims about Ault having anger problems and addresses inappropriate comments about the other employee's appearance.
Trish Factor, the health district's emergency response planner and medical reserve corps coordinator, alleges Ault said she looked like "a librarian from a porno," and made other comments in the past. She notes he did not continue with similar remarks after she confronted him. 
Factor's complaint also describes "intimidation" by Ault when he suggested that her position could be reduced to part-time, eliminating her family's health benefits, if she were not able to "handle an increased workload."
"I do not feel the need to go into further detail as I believe that personal attacks and verbal abuse should speak for themselves," Factor wrote.
"Our workplace, at least the administrative support division, has become extremely hostile, and I must ask that measures be taken to remedy this situation. The problem has been escalating for a couple of years now."
Factor requested in her complaint that she be placed underneath another supervisor if Ault returns to his position "to avoid any possible retaliation or further hostility."
"I fear retaliation for coming forward."
The board of health met in executive session for about 90 minutes Tuesday to discuss the allegations against Ault, but did not take action afterward. Before voting to conduct the session, board member Frank McLaughlin asked Dr. Fleming Fallon, board president, to confirm Ault had not requested a public hearing.
An attorney with the Wood County Prosecutor's office was included during a portion of the session.
The board has a regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ault, hired as health district administrator in 2007, was named director of administration in 2010. He supervises 12 employees, and his responsibilities involve labor management, workers compensation, payroll, budgeting and union contract matters, among others.
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