VB employee fired for post shooting comment won’t get job back


(TOM) NEW AT 5. A CONFRONTATION FRESH FROM THE MOMENTS AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING IN VIRGINIA BEACH HAS FINALLY BEEN RESOLVED. A JUDGE HAS DROPPED CHARGES AGAINST A CITY EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR A DISTURBANCE IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE TRAGEDY. BUT 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S JASON MARKS IS HERE TO EXPLAIN WHY ELIZABETH MANN IS NOT GETTING HER JOB BACK. (JASON) BETH MANN SAYS SHE WAS PAINTED BY HER SUPERVISORS AS SOMEONE WHO COULD WALK INTO A BUILDING AND DO WHAT THE GUNMAN DID IN BUILDING TWO MAY 31ST. MANN’S ATTORNEY SAYS THAT CAN’T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH A JUDGE AGREED BUT YET SHE IS STILL WITHOUT A JOB. (JASON MARKS) (BETH MANN/FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH EMPLOYEE) “I FELL IT WAS ABSOLUTELY VIRGINIA BEACH CITY OFFICE ALONG WITCHDUCK ROAD. IT WAS COUPLE DAYS AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING IN BUILDING TWO AND MANN WAS UPSET. SHE TOLD HER BOSS SHE WAS UNHAPPY HOW THE OFFICE WAS RUN. (BETH MANN/FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH EMPLOYEE) “I ALSO TOLD HER SHE IS LIKE THE SUPERVISOR THAT PROBABLY PUSHED TO THE GUY TO DO WHAT HE DID” THAT EMPLOYEE KILLED 12 PEOPLE BEFORE TAKING HIS OWN LIFE. MANN’S SUPERVISORS FELT THREATENED AND TOOK OUT CHARGES. SHE WAS FIRED FROM HER JOB. (BETH MANN/FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH EMPLOYEE) “THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL ON BOTH ME AND MY FAMILY” MANN WENT TO COURT AND JUDGE DISMISSED THE CHARGES. SHE ASSUMED THAT WOULD ME SHE’D BE GOING BACK TO WORK.. (BETH MANN/FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH EMPLOYEE) “I DID BELIEVE I SHOULD GET MY JOB BACK” BUT WHEN MANN WENT FOR A GRIEVANCE HEARING– THE 5 MEMBER PANEL UP HELD MADE THEIR MINDS UP” KRISTIN PAULDING IS MANN’S ATTORNEY. SHE SAYS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MANN AND HER SUPERVISORS WAS RECORDED AND IT SHOWED BETH NEVER WAS A THREAT. (KRISTIN PAULDING/ATTORNEY) “IT SHOWED SHE WAS EMOTIONAL SHE WAS REACTING AND WHILE HER WORDS MY HAVE BEEN INCONSIDERATE SHE WASN’T A THREAT TO ANYONE” CITY OFFICIALS TELL US THEY CAN’T COMMENT ON PERSONNEL MATTERS. PAULDING SAYS WHAT THE CITY DID THIS SENDS A VERY BAD MESSAGE TO ITS EMPLOYEES. (KRISTIN PAULDING/ATTORNEY) “IF YOU ARE A VIRGINIA BEACH CITY EMPLOYEE AND YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR DEPARTMENT DO NOT SPEAK UP BECAUSE DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU SAY IS GOING TO DEPEND ON WHAT THE CITY DOES WITH YOU” (JASON) MANN TELLS ME SHE IS CONSIDERING HER NEXT MOVE WHICH INCLUDES SUING THE CITY FOR WRONGFUL TERMINATION. JASON MARKS 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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