Judge rules against city in lawsuit

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 12:36 PM
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A judge has ruled in favor of a former Augusta administrative assistant who sued the city alleging its general counsel violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Meschery Powell won a $3,000 judgment against the city, although Richmond County Civil Court Chief Judge William D. Jennings III ruled Ms. Powell wasn’t entitled to any judgment against general counsel Chiquita Johnson as an individual.

Ms. Powell contended Ms. Johnson violated the Family and Medical Leave Act when Ms. Johnson fired her in April 2008. Ms. Powell was given another job in city government, but it paid less than what she made in the city’s law department. Her lawsuit sought to recover the difference in pay and for punitive and other damages she contended amounted to $13,555.

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pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 09/17/09 - 01:06 pm
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So how much did the good

So how much did the good citizens of Augusta have to pay the Atlanta lawyer to save $10,555?

mad_max
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mad_max 09/17/09 - 03:01 pm
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Who knows the total bill for

Who knows the total bill for this fiasco. More RC taxpayer money down the drain because of a totally incompetent department head. Wonder how Chequita ever got the job anyway. She is obviously NOT a real lawyer and she apparently is NOT a qualified supervisor or manager. She is just a money hole where we shove taxpayer money into and it comes out in some other lawyer's or plaintiff's pocket.

justus4
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justus4 09/17/09 - 03:08 pm
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Told ya...the employee was
Unpublished

Told ya...the employee was actually AWOL from work and was fired, so how can someone defend a lazy person? Easy, just be of a particular look-a-like group or just not a minority. As predicted, the judge allowed the worker to misuse the "system" and give the appearence that a minority supervisor was in the wrong. "We" knew this would happen, but let a minority worker have a legitimate doctor's appointment and his termination would be ruled "slacking off" at work. This court process was a joke without much humor, but again, nothing new here.

apex24
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apex24 09/17/09 - 03:47 pm
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Justus, Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha. You

Justus, Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha. You idiot!!!!

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 09/17/09 - 04:23 pm
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If you spend all of those

If you spend all of those years in law school and wind up working for a second rate city in the South, there is a reason. There is a reason that she is not in private practice. That reason being that she wouldn't be able to sustain a living because no one would use her. Why? People want someone who knows what they are doing. Also, treat your employees right and you never have to wind up in court looking like idiots.

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ripjones 09/17/09 - 05:18 pm
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Justus4 - Are you really that

Justus4 - Are you really that stupid? Ms. Powell was on FMLA, not AWOL. None of us know why the FMLA was granted, but my recollection is that this is supposed to "hold" your job. We don't know all of the facts apparently. I might have to disagree with Judge Jennings, and agree with USSOCOM.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 09/17/09 - 06:04 pm
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Justass, both the supervisor

Justass, both the supervisor and employee were the same race. Would you like a loan so you can buy a clue?

3headedbeast
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3headedbeast 09/17/09 - 06:21 pm
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oops he did it again!

oops he did it again!

waugusta92
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waugusta92 09/17/09 - 08:20 pm
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USSOCOM, shut up

USSOCOM, shut up fool.
where's your degree? everyone is always trying to judge someone elses education and what they choose to do with their degree. handle your 9 to 5 and stop worrying about someone else. if that's your opinion of this city then anyone who held the job wouldn't be about crap.
just flip your burger and shut up.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/17/09 - 09:02 pm
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This is just change

This is just change ajinglin'. Ask what we just spent $548,000 for? Now THAT was a colossal waste of money IMHO.

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