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Did DHHS violate state constitution?

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Did the Department of Health and Human Services violate the state constitution?
     
Some personnel experts say yes.

Secretary Aldona Wos paid former chief-of-staff Thomas Adams nearly $40,000 in a settlement when he left.
     
He quit after 4 weeks of work.
     
By accepting the money, they say he agreed to waive any right to appeal or sue the department.
     
Why, nobody knows.
     
He never filed any grievances.

Raleigh attorney Michael Byrne told our Raleigh affiliate WRAL the settlement violates a section of the constitution, preventing payments to state workers for anything except public services.
     
DHHS officials say the settlement agreement is legal and they used a template by the state's HR department.
     
But a personnel worker admits, they didn't send the agreement to the HR director before paying out the settlement.

That's something they're required to do.
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