Monday, November 28, 2011
In Case You Missed It Former CMPD SGT Hatley Case Goes Forward
WSOC is reporting the following:
A federal judge in Charlotte says the city has to pay a CMPD sergeant who lost her position as a Response Area Commander, the take-home car and 7 percent pay raise that went with it.
The ruling is a victory for Sgt. Tammy Hatley, who sued the department after she lost that position in 2010.
Hatley was one of 39 sergeants who became Response Area Commanders in 2008 and given the extra pay and take-home car in exchange for being on call 24 hours a day for problems in their own districts.
The department said the change was just a "reassignment" and was always meant to be temporary.
But Hatley argued it was a promotion and that she was demoted when she was bumped back to regular sergeant. The judge ruled that Hatley was in fact demoted, and since she did not have a chance to contest the demotion before the Civil Service Board, she is entitled to damages.
Judge Max Cogburn ruled it would be up to a jury to decide how much she gets. He set a hearing for the case for Dec. 5.
His ruling could have implications for 14 other Response Area Commanders who stand to lose their positions because they did not score high enough on a test for a new lieutenant position in the department.
Those promotions are set to become effective on Jan. 7.
In a statement late Monday, CMPD said it is reviewing the judge's ruling and will determine if it has any relevance to the promotion process.
Watch the entire WSOC report here. http://www.wsoctv.com/news/29871263/detail.html