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Tampa's Oracle Elevator resolves suit with ex-vice president

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Published Jun. 24

TAMPA — Oracle Elevator Co. says it has "amicably resolved" a lawsuit filed in March by its former vice president of human resources, who had contended he was fired after objecting to discriminatory comments made by two executives.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Oracle said neither party admitted any wrongdoing.

"We are pleased to resolve this matter in a mutually agreeable way and wish (plaintiff Vong Keovongsa) all the best in his future endeavors," Oracle chief executive officer Paul Belliveau said in a statement.

Founded in 2004 in Torrington, Conn., Oracle moved to Tampa about two years ago. Florida is one of Oracle's largest markets for its elevator repair, maintenance and modernization services. One of its investors, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, helped the company choose Tampa as its new home.

"I will have fond memories of my time with Oracle Elevator," Keovongsa said in a statement released through the company. "I have a great deal of respect for the company and I am glad that Paul Belliveau, Sean Barrette and I were able to resolve our differences. I wish them and all of my former colleagues well as they continue building the company."

The law firm representing Keovongsa declined to comment on the case but confirmed that he made the statement in an email that it sent to Oracle's attorneys and okayed for release to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

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