The woman who alleged Oxbridge Academy’s CEO demoted her for refusing his sexual advances, Ulle Boshko, has been fired, even as her Equal Employment Opportunity case against the West Palm Beach high school continues.
The CEO, Robert Parsons, was fired by the school about three months ago, amid an internal investigation of the school’s finances, emphasis on athletics and allegations of staff favoritism. He did not respond to requests for comment about Boshko’s allegations.
Boshko said Wednesday she had received a letter from the school saying she’d been fired for “negative and inappropriate communication with management,” “failure to comply with school policies and procedures,” and “repeated refusal to cooperate in the company’s investigation.”
The chairman of the school’s executive committee, Bob Kaufmann, said Thursday he could not comment on personnel matters.
Boshko said that her communications with management were negative but not inappropriate. She said the letter didn’t specify what policies or procedures she allegedly violated.
She also said no investigator called her but that she did speak with the school’s lawyer. The only questions she wouldn’t answer were those relating to her EEOC case, which remains in mediation, she said. The last mediation session was Aug. 9 and the termination letter was dated Aug. 11, she said.
Boshko, along with Parsons and Athletic Director Craig Sponsky, were placed on paid leave while the school investigated allegations past and present staffers raised in The Palm Beach Post and later, The New York Times.
Parsons was fired shortly thereafter and the school declined to renew Sponsky’s and Football Coach Doug Socha’s contracts.
Boshko, who went from being the school’s comptroller to its bookstore manager, hoped to be returned to the comptroller position.
“When I started at Oxbridge I was excited to be a part of what everyone anticipated would be a high-caliber, reputable institution,” she said in an email Thursday. “Over time I realized that the people who Mr. Koch had hired to run the school were more interested in taking liberties with staff members and running a frat house instead of an institution of learning.
“I complained about this and my complaints had merit, as is evidenced by the terminations of Robert Parsons and others. This weekend, however, instead of working toward a resolution which would be acceptable to everyone involved, Mr. Koch and his team of high-priced lawyers terminated my employment.
“I am humiliated, embarrassed and cannot understand why anyone would treat a loyal employee in this manner.”