Barely a year into his tenure as head of the local American Red Cross chapter, CEO Bill Earley is facing allegations he agreed to swap private donor information for personal gain.
The claims are made in a wrongful termination lawsuit lodged in federal court in April by Joy Chesbrough, hired last year as the chief development officer of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. She was let go Jan. 5 after only four months on the job.
In the suit, Chesbrough claims Earley retaliated against her for voicing objections to his actions, which she says violate American Red Cross policy and state and federal laws.
“Plaintiff walked into a culture of mismanagement and unethical practices,” according to the lawsuit. “It came to Plaintiff’s attention that sharing donor information externally was previously practiced by, and acceptable to, the Red Cross-SD. When Plaintiff refused to participate in this conduct and sought to put an end to it, she was faced with retaliation and ultimately the wrongful termination of her employment.”