Marshall County employee in hot water over racial slur

Marshall County clerk in hot water over racial slur
Updated: Jun. 19, 2018 at 8:52 PM CDT
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A racist comment made by a Marshall County employee has several people wanting her job terminated.

Guntersville City Councilman Sanchez Watkins said he met with the Marshall County circuit clerk on Tuesday to ask for the termination of an aide who used a racial slur in a conversation with another employee.

"The disciplinary that was taken. We feel that it's not enough, that we feel that there should be a zero tolerance for this action. And that the employee should have been terminated when this occurred," said Watkins.

The incident happened last month at the Albertville Courthouse. Marshall County circuit clerk Cheryl Pierce said the aide immediately apologized for what she said, but they took action.

"She regretted it as soon as she said it. She apologized, but it escalated. And I have zero tolerance for that kind of comments or actions in my office," said Pierce.

Pierce said the employee was placed on three weeks unpaid leave and had to write an essay about what she learned from the incident.

The aide is now back on the job.

Pierce stands behind her zero tolerance policy, which includes giving employees a second chance.

"I've never had an incident. I've never had to write her up or anything in the past, so I felt like she deserved a second chance," said Pierce.

Watkins said they were told the she would be terminated if this were to happen again. But he isn't happy about the second chance she's been given.

"I was hoping that she would either consider termination of this person. But she refuses to do that. There are other people that people that's going to come here and talk with her and see what legal steps to take because this far from over," said Watkins.

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