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Ex University of Arizona employee files $10M claim vs school

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Posted at 10:19 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 13:19:38-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former University of Arizona health-care executive has filed a $10 million notice of claim against the school over his firing.

The claim is a precursor to a lawsuit. It alleges UA President Robert Robbins gave a $850,000-a-year job last year to longtime friend Dr. Michael Dake despite warnings from a school cabinet member that Dake wasn't suited for the position.

The Arizona Daily Star obtained a copy of the claim through a public-records request.

Former UA health-care executive Anthony DeFrancesco's husband was the search committee co-chair who warned Robbins against Dake's hiring to oversee the medical schools.

DeFrancesco claims Dake fired him in retaliation and discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation.

A UA spokesman says the school is looking into the claims raised in DeFrancesco's legal notice.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com