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FCHR Order No. 11-019

Date of Release: 03/02/2011

STATE OF FLORIDA

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

LAURA COKER

EEOC Case No. 846201014390

Petitioner

 

v.

FCHR Case No. 2010-00978

   

COUNTY OF MARION SENIOR SERVICES AND

HELPING HAND OF NORTH FLORIDA

DOAH Case No. 10-9038

Respondent

FCHR Order No. 11-019

   

FINAL ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR

RELIEF FROM AN UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE

Preliminary Matters

Petitioner Laura Coker filed a complaint of discrimination pursuant to the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, Sections 760.01 - 760.11, Florida Statutes (2009), alleging that Respondents County of Marion Senior Services and Helping Hand of North Florida committed an unlawful employment practice on the basis of Petitioner’s age (DOB: 3-25-45) by terminating Petitioner from employment.

The allegations set forth in the complaint were investigated, and, on August 27, 2010, the Executive Director issued his determination finding that there was no reasonable cause to believe that an unlawful employment practice had occurred.

Petitioner filed a Petition for Relief from an Unlawful Employment Practice, and the case was transmitted to the Division of Administrative Hearings for the conduct of a formal proceeding.

An evidentiary hearing was held by video teleconference at sites in Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida, on November 9, 2010, before Administrative Law Judge Suzanne F. Hood.

Judge Hood issued a Recommended Order of dismissal, dated December 14, 2010.

The Commission panel designated below considered the record of this matter and determined the action to be taken on the Recommended Order.

Findings of Fact

A transcript of the proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge was not filed with the Commission. In the absence of a transcript of the proceeding before the

Administrative Law Judge, the Recommended Order is the only evidence for the Commission to consider. See National Industries, Inc. v. Commission on Human

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Relations, et al., 527 So. 2d 894, at 897, 898 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988). Accord, Hall v. Villages of West Oaks HOA, FCHR Order No. 08-007 (January 14, 2008), Beach-

Gutierrez v. Bay Medical Center, FCHR Order No. 05-011 (January 19, 2005), and Waaser v. Streit’s Motorsports, FCHR Order No. 04-157 (November 30, 2004).

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s findings of fact.

Conclusions of Law

We find the Administrative Law Judge’s application of the law to the facts to result in a correct disposition of the matter.

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s conclusions of law.

Exceptions

Neither of the parties filed exceptions to the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order.

Dismissal

The Petition for Relief and Complaint of Discrimination are DISMISSED with prejudice.

The parties have the right to seek judicial review of this Order. The Commission and the appropriate District Court of Appeal must receive notice of appeal within 30 days of the date this Order is filed with the Clerk of the Commission. Explanation of the right to appeal is found in Section 120.68, Florida Statutes, and in the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.110.

DONE AND ORDERED this 2nd day of March , 2011.

FOR THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS:

Commissioner Gilbert M. Singer, Panel Chairperson;

Commissioner Watson Haynes, II; and

Commissioner Darcell Streeter

Filed this 2nd day of March , 2011,

in Tallahassee, Florida.

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_________/s/_________________

Violet Crawford, Clerk

Commission on Human Relations

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-7082

NOTICE TO COMPLAINANT / PETITIONER

As your complaint was filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you have the right to request EEOC to review this Commission’s final agency action. To secure a “substantial weight review” by EEOC, you must request it in writing within 15 days of your receipt of this Order. Send your request to Miami District Office (EEOC), One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2700, 27th Floor, Miami, FL 33131.

Copies furnished to:

Laura Coker

10098 Southwest 87th Terrace

Ocala, FL 34481

County of Marion Senior Services

c/o Jemith Rosa, Qualified Representative

1101 Southwest 20th Court

Ocala, FL 34471

Helping Hand of North Florida

c/o Robert Kogsnow

7241 Northwest 4th Boulevard

Gainesville, FL 32607

Suzanne F. Hood, Administrative Law Judge, DOAH

James Mallue, Legal Advisor for Commission Panel

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I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing has been mailed to the above listed addressees this 2nd day of March , 2011.

By: _________/s/_________________

Clerk of the Commission

Florida Commission on Human Relations