By Julie Montanaro
October 2, 2013
A state law enforcement officer fired amidst claims of harrassment and discrimination could be getting his job back.
Captain Rodney Tilley - who was in charge of the division of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco in Orlando - was fired in July.
DBPR fired him for creating a hostile work environment and a pattern of harrassment and discrimination.
A hearing officer this week recommended Tilley should get both his job back and his rank back and his discipline should be reduced to a ten day suspension.
We'll let you know what the Public Employee Relations Commission ultimately decides.
By Julie Montanaro
July 12, 2013
The deputy secretary of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation resigned this week in the wake of a report by the Inspector General.
The same investigation prompted the agency to fire Captain Rodney Tilley. He was the captain in charge of the division of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco in Orlando. Tilley's dismissal letter shows DBPR fired him for creating a hostile work environment and a pattern of harrassment and discrimination.
Tilley denies the accusations and says the whole investigation stemmed from the complaint of a female employee he disciplined for failing to follow orders. He plans to appeal. The same investigation led to the resignation of DBPR's deputy secretary Michael Walker.
Employees in that same office claimed Walker said if they failed to follow orders-- even if they were illegal or immoral-- they could lose their jobs. Walker denies that and also contends the allegations are from disciplined and disgruntled employees.
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