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Former HRC Chief Sues

Garrett says she is owed for leave time; retirement at issue

October 22, 2013

WHEELING — Former Wheeling Human Rights Commission Executive Director Theresa Garrett is suing the city for unpaid leave time she claims she’s owed after leaving her position at the end of Jul....

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Oct-23-13 12:13 AM

God bless her. Making $18 an hour after 26 years? Seems she cared more about doing her job than the money. And ironically, finds herself asking for relief for employment pay she feels she is owed? And the city is making an issue of $5700? God bless her.

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Oct-23-13 12:06 AM

Mission It is the mission of the Human Rights Commission to encourage mutual respect among all racial, religious and ethnic groups within the City. The provision of equal opportunity in areas of employment, housing and places of public accommodations is the public policy of the City of Wheeling. Because the denial of these rights for discriminatory reasons is contrary to the principles of a free society, the City of Wheeling Human Rights Commission was created by ordinance to prevent and redress such instances.

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Oct-22-13 10:49 PM

Opps finger slipped - This is EXACTLY WHY YOU NEEDED SOMEONE LIKE MRS. GARRETT TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS!!LOL I mean it isn't rocket science, I know she is gone now,....but,...I would still say if you put it on the ballot, their would be more than 13 votes, agreeing that she did a good job and was necessary. If the counsel could afford a $15,000 + RAISE FOR the City Manager, they could afford to continue to FUND a Director, with the CDBG money that didn't come out of their pocket - to help those less fortunate. Yes, even if they didn't have great jobs, wear suits every day, or come from the "special families" or upper crust. She did a good job! ;o)

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Oct-22-13 10:45 PM

I attended those meetings, talked with the people helped, and still say the woman did a good job. Just because these "people" who got help, don't seem worthy to some of the posters on here is exactly

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Oct-22-13 7:02 PM

By her own admission, she handled 13 cases per year and received an average of about 100 contacts per day (contacts counted as phone calls, walk-ins and emails). I get more emails than that in my spam box but whatever.

The woman spent most of her time handing out pamphlets and listening to sob stories from lazy people who were trying to figure out the Next Big Score at the expense of The Man.

Wheeling does not need a Human Rights Commission. It also does not need an overpaid, arrogant City Manager, clueless Boy Mayor, low IQ council, economic development manager, assistant economic development manager and probably another 15-20 other positions.

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Oct-22-13 3:18 PM

I question the validity of this suit. I believe it to be another frivolous attempt to attain money she is no longer entitled to. I also question the validity of a human rights commission in Wheeling. The only thing I have ever heard of them doing is getting the name of a street changed and getting someone a special parking spot in town.

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Oct-22-13 11:37 AM

Just bitter that the position is gone.Maybe she did a good job- maybe not. How many jobs in this country have been terminated? With a population of 28,000 I feel that approx 30% of city employees could go, especially people with a title of "VICE" and assistant to the assistant.

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Oct-22-13 11:25 AM

Pay her and move on. Enough.

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Oct-22-13 11:24 AM

Based on the information in the story settlement in this lawsuit should be simple. If she was eligible for retirement then the HR Director should have notified her in writing-Correct? I would assume she submitted retirement documents and the City Manager responded to that stating she was not eligible. As far as pay for time off, she should have filled out a request and stated whether she was taking vacation time or "Comp" time. If all of this was completed then the city should pay her what is owed and avoid spending $100k in attorney fees to fight a $5700 claim. The concept of "comp" time for government employees makes me sick. I would love to read the city policy for this and see who supervises/approves "comp" time. I have been salary in private sector for many years without the benefit of "comp" time and don't have a problem with that. Does the city "comp" time policy require workers to give back money when there is nothing to d

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Oct-22-13 9:44 AM

She should be paid what she is owed and not be victimized by the extremely poor handling of this situation by the highly overpaid city manager.

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Oct-22-13 9:40 AM

Newgirl you will soon learn that there are 4-5 posters on here(dawraith) is one who comment on everything on here. Their comments are always to the negative, they offer nothing positive, no solutions. Only negativity. Its a reflection of their own life

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Oct-22-13 9:14 AM

OK really?? This woman gave her time and energy to helping people and you really resort to name calling? Did you bother to go to the hearings before City and Board meetings and listen to all of the people who testified how she helped them and how lucky they felt to have her in their corner? She is a good person and did the job well based on actual confirmation from those she helped. Do you realize how embarrassing it must have been for them to state publically what happened to them? No one likes to have their business out there, and they felt so strongly that they walked up to a microphone in a very crowded room, on multiple occasions to explain how she DID HER JOB. Shame on you both!

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Oct-22-13 8:29 AM

Can you retire from a part time job? Sweet.

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