Adorable Harper, a former employee at Community Academy charter school in Philadelphia, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against two of her bosses for retaliation and wrongful termination after she filed a complaint in July 2009 with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General in Washington, D.C.
Harper was fired on August 27, 2009, the day after federal agents conducted a raid on the school and confiscated boxes of documents and computer hard drives.
Harper’s complaint alleged that Joseph Proietta, the school’s founder and CEO, and Anna Duvivier, the chief operating officer, ran the nonprofit “like private fiefdoms or family businesses rather than the publicly funded school and nonprofit entities they are.”
Proietta allegedly had five relatives on the school’s payroll and his wife was a consultant. Harper also claims that the school inflated its enrollment figures in order to obtain additional funds from the federal government.
Proietta has denied all of the allegations and said that Harper was laid off for financial reasons.