I’m speaking about Fulton Commissioner Natalie Corridor, who value the county $902,000 after a choose dominated she had an affair with an worker after which fired him after he mentioned he wanted some house.
Corridor’s fellow commissioners lately threw up their arms and voted to pay Calvin Brock, Corridor’s former chief of employees, to go away. Brock filed an EEOC grievance towards Corridor alleging sexual discrimination within the office.
The settlement adopted a really lop-sided choice by a federal administrative choose in Brock’s favor, awarding him awarding him again pay, “entrance pay,” attorneys’ charges and compensatory damages.
Interesting the case, and spending much more cash, was a shedding proposition, Corridor’s colleagues inform me.
“It simply was not definitely worth the danger,” mentioned Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman, referring to the choose’s stern choice. “You’re speaking about 68 pages. There was no defect within the regulation (to attraction.) The choose gave ample ammunition as to why he made the choice. If you happen to ask me, he appeared just a little upset.”
Decide Jason Patil, who presided over a listening to final summer season, concluded: “Brock merely needed to proceed his employment with Fulton County, free from Corridor’s sexual intrigues and schemes. As a substitute, she subjected him to months of stalking that precipitated him ongoing nervousness and paranoia and broken his skill to have relationships with ladies. When she terminated him, it dramatically escalated these harms and eviscerated his earnings.”
And that’s only a summation. It will get weirder and extra outrageous.
Credit score: Fb
Credit score: Fb
Final yr, Aungelique Proctor, a veteran journalist for Fox 5 Information, reported that the discrimination listening to seemed like a cleaning soap opera. That’s, if the Playboy Channel ran that style.
In Might 2018, Brock, a retired New Jersey cop who moved to Atlanta, struck up a dialog with Corridor in a furnishings retailer and was employed days later as her group relations supervisor at a $60,000 wage.
Within the ruling, the choose famous Corridor anticipated her employees “to be out there to serve her 24 hours a day, seven days per week.”
Little did he know…
Quickly, Corridor was flirting with Brock and telling him about her marriage, the choose wrote. She was, on the time, married to former Atlanta Metropolis Councilman Kwanza Corridor.
Inside a yr of his rent, and with the 2 finally engaged in an affair, Brock was Corridor’s chief of employees and making $125,000.
“Brock,” the choose wrote, “felt that his sexual interactions with Corridor have been intertwined together with his work for her. He felt pressured to accommodate Corridor sexually to maintain his job.”
She testified the connection was “romantic,” that he usually initiated the intercourse and his job was not depending on his bed room efficiency.
Brock testified he advised Corridor he didn’t need to have an unique relationship. In March 2020, she came upon he was seeing one other girl. Inside days, there was a monitoring system with stay GPS and audio capabilities in his automotive. It was the primary of three such gadgets planted.
Testimony exhibits Corridor secretly watched Brock whereas jogging in Covington, adopted him to a lodge, used a disguised cellphone quantity to textual content the opposite girl who Brock was relationship and usually weirded him out.
Brock was fired in September 2020, two days after he discovered the third monitoring system and confronted her. The choose wrote that in an try and cowl up the firing, Corridor tried to make it appear to be she was reorganizing her workplace and held a gathering together with her remaining employees in a park, afraid Brock was eavesdropping on her.
You simply can’t make this up.
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Credit score: Rebecca Wright
Corridor didn’t reply to a number of calls and texts for remark. For that matter, she has mentioned nothing publicly. The choose famous she plead the Fifth greater than 150 occasions, apparently frightened her eavesdropping could be against the law.
Corridor’s misdoings have completed the unimaginable. She has united commissioners from the suitable and left, from north Fulton and south. Commissioner Bob Ellis, a Republican, referred to as the saga “unbelievable and disgusting.”
Commissioner Abdur-Rahman, a Democrat, advised me, “I’m dissatisfied together with her lack of taking accountability and for not apologizing to the taxpayers.”
Commissioners final yr censured Corridor however have complained they can not in any other case self-discipline her — like suspending or firing her — as a result of she’s an elected official. Solely the voters can fireplace Corridor,
County Chairman Robb Pitts mentioned he has requested the county legal professional to see if Fulton can both dock her pay or maybe withhold a few of her finances to claw again a number of the settlement. Most commissioners get $600,000-plus a yr to run their workplace.
The choose did order Fulton to offer coaching of the Authorities Worker Rights Act to Corridor.
Hopefully, she’ll take notes.
However there’s a silver lining: This yr is an election.
And, sure, Corridor’s seat is up.