State Employee Wants Job Back After Affair-Related Firing

FRANKFORT, KY -- A state employee wants her job back after she was fired for alleged misconduct related to a work-place affair, according to documents and testimony in the matter, reports the Frankfort State-Journal in its Sunday edition.

The affair was between Vicki Wilson, a food stamp program auditor in Hopkinsville, and Melvin Bynes, a quality-assurance branch manager in Frankfort, both of whom were married at the time.

Wilson was fired in November 2007 for misuse of state computers and falsifying documents. She later filed for divorce.

Bynes received a three-day suspension because he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate - Wilson. Bynes was her boss's supervisor but transferred to the Transportation Cabinet before the investigation began.

According to evidence filed by the Cabinet for Families and Children, there were 137 inappropriate e-mails between Bynes and Wilson on state computers between May and June 2007. The e-mails included an explicit love poem from Wilson to Bynes and discussion of gifts and dates, reports the Frankfort State-Journal.

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