Saturday, December 17, 2011

EEOC Dismisses Tax Employee’s Discrimination Claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed the discrimination claims of a tax employee in Augusta, Georgia.   Nancy Mims, Caucasian, brought discrimination charge based on race and age against her former employer because she was terminated from her position by the Tax Commissioner, an African American male.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, Mims’ replacement received a salary increase of more than $9,000.  Other employees received promotions and raises in what the commissioner called department reorganization.

The article can be deceptive because it suggests that the EEOC found that Ms. Mims did not have a claim.  Actually, the conclusion that the EEOC reached in her case occurs in approximately 80-85% of the cases filed with the agency.   The EEOC’s response to Ms. Mims charge indicated that it could not determine whether she had a claim.  In other words, its response was neutral.  With the dismissal of Ms. Mims’ discrimination claims, the EEOC probably issued a right to sue letter and now she has 90 days to file a lawsuit in federal or state court.  There are cases that the EEOC choose to handle themselves, but those cases do not come across their desk everyday.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions on discrimination, harassment or other EEOC related claims at (813) 413-2402.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tampa Family Law Judge Issues Warrant for Arrest of Millionaire

Circuit Judge Caroline Tesche issued a warrant for the arrest of a Bay area businessman for failure to pay child support and alimony.   According to a story reported in the Tampa Tribune, John Stanton owes his ex-wife and son $6.5 million in alimony and child support.   A hearing was held on Thursday, December 15, 2011, and Stanton failed to appear.

The paper reported that Stanton recently filed for bankruptcy protection, listing $10-50 million in liabilities and $100-500 million in assets.  His attorney argued that he is unable to pay alimony and child support because his assets are not liquid and cannot be converted to cash quickly.

Finding that Stanton has the ability to pay, Judge Tesche sentenced him to 5 months and 29 days for contempt of court.

This case is an example of the enforcement powers that courts possess when a party fails to honor their alimony and child support obligations.  The circumstances in this case were extreme resulting in the sentence.  If you have questions regarding alimony or child support, do not hesitate to call at (813) 413-2402.