Former employees of Matthew Malone describe a work environment rattled by bruising insults, inappropriate flirting and their boss’ angry outbursts.

An employee recently disabled by a stroke accused Malone of calling him a “retard” and making fun of him for using a handicapped parking spot once reserved for the superintendent’s car.

A flurry of recently filed discrimination complaints paint a damning portrait of an accomplished administrator who once served as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Education.

City Councilor Shawn Cadime introduced the resolution on Tuesday demanding Malone’s resignation and the immediate release of a sealed investigation into the allegations.

“We have anti-bullying policies for our students, but not for any employees or for our superintendent?” Cadime said.

The council’s vote was mostly symbolic. The power to fire the superintendent rests solely with Fall River’s elected School Committee, which voted last month to keep Malone employed and dock $17,000 from his salary as punishment.

In a prepared statement, Malone, once the highest paid department head in Fall River, said he “deserved the discipline" but pushed back against the council's resolution, saying that the sealed investigation "found no finding of ageism, sexism or harassment."

"I have also acknowledged that I must change my style and therefore, I have committed to the work of being less forceful, less aggressive, and more sensitive to the feelings of others in my interactions," Malone said.

It's not yet clear whether the School Committee will reconsider Malone's employment following this latest call for the superintendent's resignation.

Ben Berke is the South Coast Bureau Reporter for The Public’s Radio. He can be reached at