CAPSLO settles Torres-Hill lawsuit quietly

October 29, 2015
Dee Torres

Dee Torres

By CCN STAFF

Dee Torres-Hill and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over alleged discrimination and retaliation.

On Oct. 20, the parties agreed to settle after a nearly seven hour mediation session, according to documents filed in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Oct. 26. CAPSLO Chief Operating Officer Jim Famalette is not disclosing details of the agreement, though he did say he is  satisfied with the settlement.

“T​he Torres-Hill case has been settled to the mutual satisfaction of both parties​,” Famalatte said.

In 2013, former and current CAPSLO employees and several of Torres’ ex-boyfriends said she routinely took gift cards intended for the needy and homeless and made personal use of them. CAPSLO administrators denied most of the allegations, but they admitted to questioning Torres-Hill about selling items donated to the homeless and not accounting for them.

In March 2014, CAPSLO demoted Torres-Hill and cut her pay. CAPSLO announced the move as a “restructuring” because of financial concerns.

Torres-Hill fired back against her former employer by filing the lawsuit that claimed she was the victim of retaliation. She was seeking punitive damages for wrongful termination, defamation, libel, and infliction of emotional distress.

In addition, Torres-Hill claimed CAPSLO discriminated against her based on a disability. After a doctor determined she was unable to continue working at CAPSLO, Torres-Hill went out on medical leave, according to court records.

While still an employee of CAPSLO, Torres-Hill started the SLO Housing Connection, a nonprofit that provides homeless services that appear to duplicate many CAPSLO services, including case management, shelter and employment services.

In fall 2014, while Hill aggressively attempted to persuade members of the San Luis Obispo City Council to vote in favor of a land use change needed by developer Gary Grossman to develop large parcels near the airport, Grossman made a $50,000 donation to the SLO Housing Connection.

Earlier this year, the entire SLO Housing Connection Board quit because Torres-Hill refused to take direction and was not following the non-profits mission statement, a former board member who has asked to remain unnamed said.

In May, Torres-Hill resigned from her position at CAPSLO. The lawsuit will not be officially dismissed until Dec. 11.

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IronHub

Is there a lawyer in the house? I think this is something that cannot be kept confidential without a court order because of the tax dollars involved. If it can be shown that the public’s right to know outweighs Torres-Hill’s meager reasons for secrecy, details of this settlement will be made public.


MajorityFan

It sounds more like CAPSLO is seeking privacy. They have a few skeletons in the closet, as well as wanting to keep their members anonymous. I’m sure they were relieved to settle rather than be investigated further.


EducateDistrict3

Vote Adam out next October and put put a plug on all the drama. Join the campaign now to educate the constituents of District 3.


catdude

Yeech! What is that stench?


Pelican1

Just remember the picture of SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill, Dee Torres, developer Gary Grossman and Pismo Beach Councilman Erik Howell…it speaks volumes.

You can’t change spots on a Leopard.


Mr. Holly

When will enough be enough? This appears to be just another case of business as usual. I didn’t do my job and got punished for it, but now you must pay because you have hurt my feelings.

I wonder if this settlement will be used for Adam hills re-election campaign or if They will just rub it in to us tax payers?


whatdouno

This makes me want to vomit. This is just wrong on so many levels.


jimmy_me

Probably another SLO county golden parachute.


freshair

Dee is one pathetic parent..


paragon

“In addition, Torres-Hill claimed CAPSLO discriminated against her based on a disability.”


Was her disability that she was dating Adam Hill?


shelworth

Lack of integrity is a disability now maybe?