Fired election commission worker has discrimination claim dismissed

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:17pm

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission has dismissed an employment discrimination compliant that a former Davidson County Election Commission worker had filed against the election commission.

“Examination of the evidence indicates that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in discriminatory practice,” Beverly Watts, executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, wrote in a notice issued Dec. 6. “The complaint in this matter is therefore dismissed.”

The complaint came from Janette Gates, a former poll official coordinator at the election commission. In a complaint field in August 2010, Gates accused election commission chair Lynn Greer of expressing favoritism toward and protecting the employment of another commission employee, Nancy Tice.

The grievance, which accused Tice of harassing Gates and accused Greer of shielding Tice from disciplinary action, was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the human rights commission.

"I'm glad this unfortunate incident is behind us," Greer said. "We can move on. It's unfortunate that people make such careless comments about other people that affects other people's personal lives."

Gates was later fired from her position. Election commission officials said Gates’ firing was not in retaliation to the EEOC complaint.

6 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 12/15/11 at 4:21

Of course it was., It shows you has the power The worker has no where to go.

By: pswindle on 12/15/11 at 4:24

Of course she was fired for that reason, it shows who has power. The worker has no where to go. Sorry for typing errors in frst post.

By: bfra on 12/15/11 at 4:44

Agree pswindle, they never fire the favorites at the election commission, no matter how bad they screw up. Leaving laptops under a desk instead of in the secured place provided for them. Bet that one is still there!

By: Loner on 12/16/11 at 6:42

EEOC is complete BS...a make-work position for loyal political toadies...lots of buzz words...tons of "commitment".....a counter-productive waste of tax monies, in most cases. These EEOC career employees have one major goal in mind...their own job preservation and career enhancement.

The lady making the complaint was later fired? Of course it was related to this incident; who do these bureaucrats think they are kidding? EEOC is set up to advance economic opportunities for black folks...all the other "mission statement" verbiage is baloney.

Git a rope!

By: govskeptic on 12/16/11 at 8:01

There had been complaints about this lady over the years primarily from
her co-workers to several layers of management.

By: bfra on 12/16/11 at 12:46

govskeptic - And you know this, how?