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Former Gov. Wilder sues VCU over assistant’s treatment

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Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder listens to a question from the media during a news conference at the State Capitol in Richmond, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Wilder said he is in “preliminary discussions” with the owners of the former First African Baptist Church to use the sanctuary as the future home of the slavery […]

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder is suing Virginia Commonwealth University and top school officials after he says his personal assistant was harassed and mistreated.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Wilder filed the lawsuit Monday in Richmond Circuit Court. Wilder is a distinguished professor at VCU who has a school department named after him.

He alleges that John Accordino, the dean of the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, berated Wilder’s assistant in November when Wilder wasn’t present. The lawsuit alleges that Accordino verbally assaulted and abused Angelica Bega and “insulted her intelligence.” Wilder said the school’s response to the alleged incident has been inadequate.

A VCU spokesman did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

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