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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“Deep Throat” (Informants), Part 7, City of Scottsboro Employees Come Forward - Sexual Harassment - Cash Control Failure - Scottsboro "Girl" Employees

Girl Employees - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace as Management Policy

Photo display of email from the City of Scottsboro's Finance Director to the Municipal Court Judge placed on the Municipal Court Bulletin Board.

This email sums up the problem with sexual harassment within the City of Scottsboro. It is allowed, it is tolerated and female employees are considered "girls," not employees. Why not this request? "Please stress the importance of the City of Scottsboro's Cash Control Policy to all employees in which you supervise." 

UPDATE (edited): March 3, 2016, Scottsboro, Alabama - Ms. Erin Dixson, the Human Resource Director for the City of Scottsboro, posted on her personal Face Book site that she had "checked into the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington on March 2, 2016 at 12:28PM. 
 Ms. Dixson was contacted today after her work hours to ask if she had spoke to the folks at the EEOC, or filed a complaint with the government agency regarding sexual discrimination or harassment, with the federal agency, regarding the City of Scottssboro or its' elected/appointed officials, This is Ms. Dixson's reply: " I'm concerned about the ongoing and historical treatment of female employees at the City of Scottsboro."

"Whether an investigation or action is pending falls on the agencies involved to comment at this time. I'm attempting to do my job for the citizens and employees of the City of Scottsboro as their Human Resource Director." 

Two previous inquiries had been made to Ms. Dixson regarding her previous suspension and subsequent reinstatement. Ms. Dixon replied to me she was restricted as to her comments due to an agreement she had with the City of Scottsboro not to disclose the terms of a settlement regarding her suspension by Mayor Potter directed at her relating to the Mayor's previous actions. Ms. Dixson was reinstated with full pay and at least some of her attorney fees were paid for by the City of Scottsboro without the approval of the City Council.

Inquiries directly to Mayor Potter resulted in his invoking rights against self incrimination by requesting the City Attorney's presence during my presentation of questions to him. He was advised not to answer pertinent questions regarding misconduct of employees or harassment by management. 

I am aware of Ms. Dixson and other female employees suffering continued harassment and unprofessional conduct as a result of the mayor and other male supervisory employees actions within the City of Scottsboro. 

Articles within related to sexual harassment of female employees within the City of Scottsboro: http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/sexual%20harassment 

EEOC Information along with the info on the gross abuse of power by Scottsboro's Mayor and others involved in Scottsboro's management. http://arklite.blogspot.com/2015/11/requirement-of-private-investigators.html

FAILED CASH CONTROL/FAILED MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT
The problem with cash control rests in a large part because of the failure of the City of Scottsboro's Finance Director to insure that all sections where there is cash involved were implementing appropriate cash controls. That was not the case for the Community Recreation Center. There were no cash register receipts being given out according to informants. Quote: "We just started giving out cash receipts from our register, we did not do this before the theft." 

The Finance Director and the Director of the Recreation Center are directly responsible for failed oversight. Informants have stated this has been a long term problem. A problem which has been in existence for over 9 years, it was previously identified when Mayor Deason was Mayor. A similar  theft of funds occurred at the Rec-Com during Mayor Deason's tenure, according to informants.

Unfortunately, it appears the current theft of cash case may involve a considerable amount of money  taken over a long period of time according to informant reports. Initial media info on this case. http://www.waff.com/story/31236890/scottsboro-city-employee-arrested-on-theft-charges

The unprofessional statement in the email above from Scottsboro's Finance Director is a result of  the unfair application of policy regarding cash control pointed specifically at employees in the Municipal Court System.

The mayor and the finance director attempted to place blame on our municipal magistrate for failed cash control, that situation did not work out for the "good ole boys."  An old saying holds true, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me." That event took place 3 years ago. 


Scottsboro's Personnel Board Clears City Magistrate -  http://www.waff.com/story/21311780/personnel-board-clears-scottsboro-city-court-clerk  The Mayor and the finance director attempted to blame everyone else at that time, attempting to make a scapegoat out of Ms. Starr. Rumors about her circulated wildly.

The same situation of rumors and innuendo circulated surrounding the City Human Resource Director http://www.waff.com/story/30814843/scottsboro-mayor-accused-of-hiring-private-investigator-for-personal-reasons  A pattern of misconduct is appearing as a result of leadership/management failures. The entire series beginning with the wrongful surveillance actions against Scottsboro Employees. http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Surveillance

Poor management controls are a direct reflection on Mayor Potter. The way, form and fashion our Mayor and male supervisory staff treat female personnel within the City of Scottsboro is reflected in questionable management practices regarding the city's operations which have resulted in overt acts of sexual discrimination carried forth against female employees and an unfair enforcement of the city's cash control policy.  



1 comment:

Jenni Carter said...

You are correct Garry. The lack of cash control falls directly on the Finance Director. I cannot say the lack of organization surprises me. It is a shame that someone, simply working in this disorganized city system, had to take the fall.

I am also not surprised at the word "girls" instead of women. The lack of respect for women seems to be a very common trend with our city "leaders".