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.