Employee was not provided with adequate notice of grounds for demotion.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1634698 , Decision Date: 2016-04-13 
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A community service board was not authorized to demote a classified employee for alleged “misconduct,” “inefficiency in performing assigned duties” and “conduct reflecting discredit” on the board where the notice of the proposed demotion provided only that the board had received complaints from six employees, [..] Read More..

DOT employee dismissed for making personal use of government vehicle.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1548536 , Decision Date: 2015-08-03 
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The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) launched an investigation into one of its employees in response to a report that the employee frequented a pool hall during work hours using his state-issued vehicle.  Using a GPS tracking device, the GDOT determined that the employee used [..] Read More..

Former county commissioner’s retirement benefits reduced for public employment related crime.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1542632 , Decision Date: 2015-05-14 
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A former county commissioner‘s retirement benefits were reduced after pleading guilty to accepting a bribe and violating his oath of office.  Pursuant to Georgia law, the former commissioner’s benefits were reduced by an amount to three times the economic impact of his abuse of governmental [..] Read More..

County Nurse Manager dismissed for serious mismanagement of local health department.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Brown 
Docket Number: 1520671 , Decision Date: 2015-04-06 
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Petitioner, a county nurse manager, was demoted and reassigned for training based upon allegations of an employee under her direct supervision, later corroborated by other employees, that she demonstrated a lack of work ethic, competence, and professionalism.  Petitioner was subsequently terminated after the nursing managers [..] Read More..

Classified employee dismissed for failure to return to duty.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1518105 , Decision Date: 2015-03-11 
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After a workplace injury, Petitioner was placed on leave without pay while she received worker’s compensation benefits. Once those benefits expired, the Department of Revenue paid out the annual and sick leave benefits that she had accumulated during her tenure.  After exhausting all of her [..] Read More..

Engineer demoted for negligence and inefficiency in performing assigned duties.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1523425 , Decision Date: 2015-02-20 
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The Georgia Department of Transportation (“DOT”) demoted Petitioner from Assistant Area Engineer to Construction Project Engineer after he failed to follow up with his contractors to ensure that the DOT’s permits were updated and, in a separate incident, unilaterally approved his contractor to undercut and [..] Read More..

State employee discharged for sending threatening e-mail.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1501930 , Decision Date: 2014-12-17 
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The Department of Corrections suspended, and thereafter terminated Petitioner, a classified employee, for sending an e-mail containing threatening language and vivid descriptions of violence to another employee.  Petitioner appealed, contending that the purpose of the e-mail was to point out deficits in workplace security.  The [..] Read More..

Insufficient evidence to support dismissal of classified employee.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1501736 , Decision Date: 2014-10-08 
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Petitioner, a classified employee, appealed her dismissal by her employer.  The conclusory testimony of the employer’s HR Director to the effect that Petitioner had committed violations of Pathways and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities policies, uncorroborated by documentary evidence, was insufficient to [..] Read More..

Suspension without pay for pending misdemeanor charge did not comply with State Personnel Board Rules.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1459125 , Decision Date: 2014-08-13 
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Petitioner, a classified employee, was suspended without pay after he was arrested and charged with simple assault.  The suspension was not in compliance with State Personnel Board rules absent evidence that the pending criminal charge was a crime of moral turpitude or that it would [..] Read More..

GBI’s decision to issue written reprimand upheld.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1439989 , Decision Date: 2014-04-24 
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Petitioner, a classified employee of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), grieved the GBI’s decision to issue a written reprimand for his “lack of good judgment,” relating to the his failure to notify the chain of command about a reported sexual assault. The written reprimand was [..] Read More..

Manager of group homes dismissed because of financial irregularities and security breaches.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Beaudrot 
Docket Number: 1415183 , Decision Date: 2014-01-02 
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Petitioner was appropriately dismissed under the State Personnel Board Rule that permits a classified employee to be terminated for “negligence or inefficiency in performing assigned duties.”  Petitioner’s duties included managing and supervising the operation of two group homes. Her incompetence and negligence were demonstrated by, [..] Read More..

Classified employee suspended for work absence, tardiness, and non-adherence to communication policies.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1418652 , Decision Date: 2013-12-20 
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Petitioner, a classified employee, was appropriately suspended without pay for one week due to her failure to report to work, her consistent lateness to monthly meetings, and her poor adherence to communication policies.  In addition, Petitioner’s employment history and failure to improve even after corrective [..] Read More..

Negligence, insubordination, and misconduct warrant dismissal of corrections officer in penal setting.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1408949 , Decision Date: 2013-11-18 
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Dismissal of a Department of Corrections (DOC) officer for negligence in performing duties, insubordination, and misconduct was affirmed.   Dismissal was justified as an appropriate sanction after the corrections officer (1) failed to maintain accountability roster of inmates in her unit, in compliance with DOC’s Standard [..] Read More..

Petitioner’s suspension without pay was affirmed for misconduct, unprofessional behavior and insubordination.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1345417 , Decision Date: 2013-08-05 
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Petitioner was appropriately suspended without pay for one week because she ignored her supervisor’s direct instructions, which constitutes misconduct, unprofessional behavior and insubordination.

Judge affirms the termination of a Georgia Department of Transportation employee accused of sexual harassment and other policy violations.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1323999 , Decision Date: 2013-01-28 
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Petitioner appealed Respondent’s decision to terminate his position as a classified employee. Respondent terminated Petitioner when a female coworker observed him viewing pornographic images in the workplace. Network security personnel traced Petitioner’s deleted browser history and discovered 25 visits to pornography sites. The GDOT Employee [..] Read More..

Judge affirms the Dekalb County Board of Health’s decision to terminate a nurse for insubordination and violation of attendance rules.

Topic: Employment, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1125875 , Decision Date: 2012-11-26 
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Petitioner appealed the Dekalb County Board of Health’s decision to terminate her from her position as Public Health Nurse. Respondent terminated Petitioner due to insubordination, lack of professionalism, inefficiency in performing assigned duties, and violation of attendance rules. Respondent presented witnesses and documents proving that [..] Read More..