Karen Baer, Tompkins County’s Director of Human Rights, has been dismissed from her job by county administrator Jason Molino.
According to a letter sent to Baer, Molino said he decided to fire her because of her willful failure to participate in an official investigation, her lack of accountability, and her “willful and consistent” failure to follow directives. On two separate occasions in 2016, Baer alleged county officials engaged in retaliation and discrimination against women and people of color. Last October, the former chairman of the county legislature filed disciplinary charges against Baer claiming she refused to fulfill the duties of her job, participate in an investigation and created a dysfunction work environment within the Office of Human Rights.
Baer, a 1980 graduate of Penn Yan Academy, stepped down as executive director of the Geneva Human Rights Commission in 2013 to take the job with Tompkins County.