Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando utilities worker who complained of harassment is suspended

BROOKSVILLE — Jason Booker, the county utilities worker whose complaint of racial harassment by his co-workers last spring resulted in discipline and sensitivity training for all county workers, has been suspended without pay for five days.

Booker was suspended Monday for absenteeism and for being unable to substantiate a doctor's note he used to excuse a recent absence from work.

In addition, after the five-day suspension, Booker will be moved to a utilities job based at Kass Circle in Spring Hill and away from the Wiscon Road site.

Booker had claimed he was still facing harassment from co-workers. The new job will be a lateral move with no change in pay.

Human resources director Cheryl Marsden said Monday that the move is an effort to work with Booker and give him a "fresh start ... we're attempting to work with him.''

Booker will be on probation for six months in the new job and will have at least three coaching sessions through the Employee Assistance Program on appropriate behavior in the workplace. Any additional absences without a doctor's note will result in immediate termination, according to the memo delivered to Booker on Monday.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando utilities worker who complained of harassment is suspended 01/05/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 4:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]