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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..

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