City of Milwaukee Buys Silence of Soon-To-Be Former Employee For $30k – What Are They Hiding?

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Dr. Vivian Chen, second in command at the Health Department is being fired. But she’s being given about $30k to keep quiet. About what?

Chen worked until February 1, 2008, but will be considered an employee until May 8, 2008, giving her extra pension credits. This date of May 8 is achieved through her sick and vacation days, plus “paid administrative leave” (read: free paid days that she didn’t earn).She’ll also get health insurance until June 30.  Total cost of hush money and benefits: $30,000.

In exchange, Chen can’t sue the city and can’t tell anyone anything about the city. And both sides agree to not say anything “defamatory” about each other. (Hint: If it’s true, it’s not defamation.)

2 thoughts on “City of Milwaukee Buys Silence of Soon-To-Be Former Employee For $30k – What Are They Hiding?

  1. Vivian Chen

    Your reporting is flawed and inflammatory. She was not fired. She resigned because she was moving to join her journalist husband. There is more to the departure but cannot be disclosed per settlement.

  2. Tracy Coenen

    Thanks for commenting on a post that is 14 years old. We both know that you don’t get a settlement if you’re just moving to join your husband. 🙂

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