After two former Parker County Precinct 4 employees filed discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, findings have come back from one case, which showed that not enough information was obtained to establish violations.
Jennifer Thompson was hired as the research coordinator for Precinct 4 on Oct. 16, 2013, and was terminated on Sept. 30. Thompson filed a complaint with the EEOC based on her gender.
Thompson had an interview with the EEOC earlier this month and the county received the findings document on Nov. 18.
“Based upon its investigation, the EEOC is unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes,” according to the EEOC document. “This does not certify that the respondent is in compliance with the statutes. No finding is made as to any other issues that might be construed as having been raised by this charge.”
At the time of the claim filing, Precinct 4 Commissioner Steve Dugan could not comment on the accusations, but did issue a statement after the release of the findings.
“There was a lot of untrue claims made,” Dugan said. “It’s good to know the EEOC confirmed there was no bases to open an investigation.”
Parker County Attorney John Forrest said the county wasn’t required to send any documents to the EEOC.
“We didn’t have to send any documentation, they dispelled her claims and allegations just on their own accord,” Forrest said.
But Thompson said she is speaking to a lawyer about her case.
“EEOC said I have a case but since I didn’t have ‘hard’ evidence, they couldn’t move forward,” Thompson said. “They gave me a list of lawyers with more resources, so I am going to continue. I [know] why these people do what they do, because they can get away with it. How are we supposed to video when they don’t allow cameras to record. That’s why [EEOC] said I needed to speak to a lawyer because they have a wide range of things they can do that EEOC cannot.”
Another claim was filed by former Precinct 4 employee Kyle Boatright, who was hired in October 2007 and fired on Sept. 4. Boatright filed his complaint with EEOC based on retaliation and the color of his skin.
Boatright said he is waiting on documentation from the EEOC following his interview and the county has not received any information from Boatright’s claim.
The Weatherford Democrat requested additional information from EEOC on the process of claims, but was unable to receive information because of its confidential policy. The limitations include information about decision-making and discrimination charge file records.