Road Department accused of unfair treatment

At last Thursday night’s Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting, one former and one current employee with the Fayette County Road Department took to the public comments section of the night to lay out what they feel was unfair treatment.
Jackie Craig and Felicia Johnson talked about the issues they faced as female workers, ranging from poor communication, degrading treatment, and unsafe conditions. In a letter obtained by this newspaper, Craig talked about the problems she encountered in her four months working as a seasonal road worker.
“The work environment was very white male-dominated and very degrading to women,” said Craig.
Craig said she was not allowed to use the restroom or to sit and eat lunch for the 30 minutes she was allotted.
“I worked 10 and a half hours everyday and only got paid for 10 hours,” said Craig. “I spoke with Felicia many times, and she said she was treated the same, and maybe worse, when she worked on the paving crew. She says she has been asked many times to go use the restroom in the woods.”
Craig pleaded with the county to step up.
“Please, if you really want to make a difference in your county working conditions, you should speak with Felicia, who is on the grass crew and is still having to endure all this harassment,” said Craig. “I have more, but I need to see that you do something immediately to improve these working conditions for the ones that follow.”
Chairman Charles Oddo acknowledged that the county had received a copy of the letter and that they were looking into its claims.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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