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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-09 11:35 AM
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4. I have friends who are DCF caseworkers...very hard job.
DCF has been mismanaged so badly the last few years. Even with Democratic Bob Butterworth in charge the privatization continued.

I did not mean to sound overly critical of the caseworkers, but there were warning signs this time.

I am usually critical of the system overall with its blend of lack of oversight, contracting work out to less than capable companies, and especially those in leadership.

It's harmful when a DCF official is charged with production of porn, using those in the system.

"TAMPA, Fla. A Department of Children & Families press secretary who was arrested on suspicion of enlisting children to make pornography could face more charges, police said Saturday. Al Zimmerman, 40, was released from a Tampa jail after posting $120,000 bail Saturday afternoon, a day after his arrest on eight felony charges of using a child in a sexual performance."

It's harmful when leaders in the bureau pride themselves on their racism.

"..This review has revealed that harassing conduct does exist at Information Systems, located at the Northwood Centre," says a memo that Pamela Thornton, a DCF civil-rights officer, sent to Carolyn Dudley, the department's assistant staff director for civil rights. "This conduct includes racial slurs, derogatory remarks about particular ethnic groups and comments about cultural habits, which have created an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment, specifically brought on by managers and supervisors."

It started in June, when employee Barbara Murray complained to the DCF civil-rights office that her supervisor had told her another manager had used what's commonly referred to as "the N-word," along with some variants of that term, at a management meeting.

"She further stated, during the initial complaint and/or subsequent interview, that the terms 'Sand N - - - - -,' 'Chinese Mafia,' 'My Bald Bulgarian' and other comments are used to reference employees in the workplace," said Thornton's memo. It said Murray "described what she feels is a pattern of on-going racial slurs or derogatory comments being made in the workplace by managers and supervisors."

The report said Murray had complained that she was told by her supervisor, Jeffry Wood, that Charlie Mattuski, a participant in a managers' meeting, had used the N-word and was asked by a supervisor "if he had attended civil-rights training. Mattuski responded by stating, 'Would it be better if I had said Niggetts?' Complainant stated that everyone in the office is talking about the comments; however no one will report it for fear of losing their jobs."
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