Miami Code Compliance Officer sacked after submitting a movement for defense towards the town, commissioner
MIAMI – A Miami code compliance officer who accused a commissioner of pushing them at work has now been fired for insubordination.
Suzann Nicholson filed a lawsuit for damages against a worker after she said she was pressured by Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla when she met him at an illegal party in February and asked by her superiors to cover it up.
The alleged argument cannot be seen on the published police video.
Nicholson later sued the commissioner for defamation after accusing her of lying.
We have since learned that Nicholson filed a motion for a protective court order against Diaz de la Portilla and the city last week.
Below is a statement from Miami City Manager Art Noriega released on Wednesday:
An alleged incident involving Ms. Nicholson took place at an illegal party in Allapattah on February 21. Since then, the media has reported multiple versions of that night’s events and identified Ms. Nicholson as the source of her information. In at least one article, the media reported that Ms. Nicholson was allegedly the victim of an attack and that she had been instructed by her manager to destroy documents related to her official duties that night.
“The city has a zero tolerance policy for violence in the workplace and even less tolerance for misconduct by its employees. In light of the allegations, the city was forced to open an administrative investigation into its allegations, as part of its rights as a government employer, in order to maintain continuity of service and the highest ethical standards in the workplace.
“As part of that investigation, Ms. Nicholson was required to make an ‘official’ statement to city investigators to assist them in investigating their claims, but she inappropriately refused to do so. As a result of the employee’s refusal to cooperate in the administrative investigation of the serious allegations she made in the context of and in the context of her official duties regarding misconduct, the city terminated the employee with immediate effect for insubordination. “
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