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FCHR Order No. 13-048

Date of Release: 07/23/2013

STATE OF FLORIDA

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

 

JULIA GRIFFITH

EEOC Case No. 510201200410

 

Petitioner

FCHR Case No. 2012-00708

   

DOAH Case No. 12-2422

 

v.

FCHR Order No. 13-048

 

BRADFORD COUNTY FARM BUREAU

 
 

Respondent

 
     

FINAL ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR

RELIEF FROM AN UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE

Preliminary Matters

Petitioner Julia Griffith filed a complaint of discrimination pursuant to the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, Sections 760.01 - 760.11, Florida Statutes (2011), alleging that Respondent Bradford County Farm Bureau committed an unlawful employment practice on the basis of Petitioner’s sex (female) by subjecting Petitioner to sexual harassment.

The allegations set forth in the complaint were investigated, and, on June 8, 2012, the Executive Director issued a 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 January 18, 2013, before Administrative Law Judge E. Gary Early.

Judge Early issued a Recommended Order of dismissal, dated May 6, 2013, concluding that Petitioner failed to meet her burden of proof that Respondent had the requisite number of employees to be an “employer” as defined by the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.

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

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Administrative Law Judge, the Recommended Order is the only evidence for the Commission to consider. See National Industries, Inc. v. Commission on Human Relations, et al., 527 So. 2d 894, at 897, 898 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988). Accord, Gantz, et al.

v. Zion’s Hope, Inc., d/b/a Holy Land Experience, FCHR Order No. 11-048 (June 6, 2011), Mack v. Agency for Persons with Disabilities, FCHR Order No. 11-026 (March

17, 2011), 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 23rd day of July , 2013.

FOR THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS:

Commissioner Gilbert M. Singer, Panel Chairperson;

Commissioner Lizzette Romano; and

Commissioner Mario M. Valle

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Filed this 23rd day of July , 2013,

in Tallahassee, Florida.

_____________/s/_______________

Violet Crawford, Clerk

Commission on Human Relations

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-7082

Copies furnished to:

Julia Griffith

c/o Jamison Jessup, Qualified Representative

557 Noremac Avenue

Deltona, FL 32728

Bradford County Farm Bureau

c/o Robert E. Larkin, III, Esq.

Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.

906 North Monroe Street, Ste. 100

Tallahassee, FL 32303

E. Gary Early, Administrative Law Judge, DOAH

James Mallue, Legal Advisor for Commission Panel

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing has been mailed to the above listed addressees this 23rd day of July , 2013.

By: __________/s/______________

Clerk of the Commission

Florida Commission on Human Relations