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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trouble at the State Capitol

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM

A man in the employ of the Arkansas State Capitol Police filed an EEOC complaint last week alleging that his supervisor, Corp. Norman Gomillion, had referred to him and other workers at the Capitol as “niggers” and made other racist remarks, creating a hostile working environment.

Officer Richard Burton, who was recommended for a raise in December, was fired today. Burton also complained that under a previous supervisor, Chief Theo Pierce, who called him “Bubba,” he wasn’t allowed to enter his own timesheet, though others were, and his days off were often changed without consulting him.

In a letter of reprimand dated March 31, Chief Darrell S. Hedden informed Burton that he was being written up for being three hours late to his 3 p.m. shift March 30. Hedden said that though Burton claimed to have overslept, Hedden believed Burton’s off-duty work the night of March 29, in security at the home of Lisenne Rockefeller, was the real reason. He also said Burton had not completed paperwork on a traffic accident at Capitol Avenue and Wolfe Street on March 26.

In his complaint to the EEOC, Burton said he was unfamiliar with the software used to file incident reports and was told he could do it later.

In December, Gomillion was informed by Hedden of a complaint about his derogatory remarks and told he might be required to undergo counseling.

Sgt. David Huggs, with the Arkansas State Capitol Police, referred us the Secretary of State’s Office for comment. Natasha Naragon, a spokesman for Charlie Daniels, said they did not usually comment on personnel matters and this case would likely be no different.

Gerard Matthews contributed to this report.


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