The investigative report that resulted in the firing of former Ogden Area Community Action Agency director H.C. Massey backs up accusations of violating labor laws and harassing employees.

The report also exonerated Massey of allegations of forgery and engaging in unfair hiring practices.The report was released this week as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Standard-Examiner in December.

OACAA's board commissioned Salt Lake City Attorney Lorrie Lima last year to conduct the investigation amid charges of wrongdoing that agency workers had brought against Massey.

The confidential document was handed to the OACAA board in November and resulted in Massey's firing.

In Massey's termination letter, OACAA Board Chairman Don Carpenter said the agency's director had created a negative work environment, made offensive religious and racially biased comments and jeopardized the agency by violating Fair Labor Standards.

The OACAA uses federal grants to fund programs such as Head Start and day care.

Massey has sued the board in federal court, claiming the board is improperly constituted. He is asking to be reinstated with paid back wages and punitive damages. Scott Hagen, attorney for the board, said he will ask the judge to dismiss the suit.

Lima investigated various charges, including grievances by former employees Thelma Clark, Lorelei Church and Karen Lee-Glidden.

After interviewing employees, Lima concluded in her report that Massey created a negative work environment by berating staff and discouraging staff interaction.