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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..

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..

Vendor agreements cancelled for extremely inappropriate behavior and pattern of non-compliance.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1511100 , Decision Date: 2015-01-14 
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Petitioner, a blind vendor, maintained food vendor operations in two federal buildings pursuant to agreements authorized under the Business Enterprise Program.  The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (“GVRA”) canceled Petitioner’s agreements after Petitioner proved incapable of complying with the program’s accounting rules, and following an incident [..] 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..

Court Martial not an automatic bar to licensure.

Topic: Insurance, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1506926 , Decision Date: 2014-12-10 
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The Georgia Department of Insurance denied Petitioner’s application based upon his conviction for two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice while serving in the United States Navy.  The Court concluded that Petitioner could be granted a license, despite his criminal history, because Petitioner [..] 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..

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