City denies retaliation against worker in whistleblower suit

August 22, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence is denying a municipal employee’s allegations that she was compelled to resign after years of reporting coworkers’ fraudulent credit card spending.

WPRI-TV reports that city attorneys in court filings have denied Charlene Oliver ever reported fraudulent purchases, including those by a supervisor now facing charges for $13,000 in personal spending on an agency credit card.

Oliver worked for the Providence Water Supply Board as a purchasing agent. She sued earlier this month under the Rhode Island Whistleblower’s Protection Act.


Oliver says she began reporting to superiors in 2015 that agency credit cards were being used for personal purchases.

She says she was repeatedly reprimanded and transferred to a lower-paying municipal job.

The city acknowledges Oliver was disciplined, but says it’s not for the reasons she claims.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com