V A Whistleblowers – Long Beach VA “aka” Tibor Rubin Medical Center
For : 7th July 2017
This is the Day the Lord has made, friends and families member are great.
Those in which trusted, are well.
Those ,in my present, surrounding are nice.
It looks as though Angela Nwachuku, Compensation and Pension, Administrative official has received the message in which to keep the Print Room Open [OP-246].
Received open ” Hearing information” O W P
Received EEOC federal Courts
BLACK DUST is back through our vents in building 126. be carful out there.
No Elva Yolanda Minero, other supervisor of Call Center is placing in everyone’s time’s for next weeks pay check.
Ava Pamela Womack, has sent out an email for individual to place times in from the pass Month
Cory Ramsey, Executive Nurse has / is preparing for decisions.
MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
4:34 P.M. EDT
INVESTIGATOR BAKER: Okay.
Gisele Arlene Payne, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
THE WITNESS: Yes.
EXAMINATION BY INVESTIGATOR BAKER:
Q Could you please state your full name for the record?
A Gisele Arlene Payne.
Q Please state yes or no regarding whether or not you’ve engaged in prior EEO activity.
Q Please stat yes or no whether or not you have a disability.
A No. Well, I have a disability. I wouldn’t say a disability. I have a medical condition.
Q Okay. Please state your position title, series and grad level with the VA of December 8th, 2016
A I’m a GS employee. I’m the service Section Chief for the Health Administration Department. Health Administration Service.
Q Okay. And what is your grade and series?
A I’m a GS – 12. I believe it’s 303. Let me just double – check for you
A 301. I’m sorry
Q And you’re an employee of the Long Beach VAMC; is that correct?
Q Okay. What is your work e-mail and telephone?
A My work e-mail is Gisele.Payne@va.gov. And my phone number here is 565-826-800, Extension 36- –2 3640.
Q And for the period of November to December of 2016, who were your first- and second – line supervisors, and what were their title?
A My front – line supervisor is Jeffrey Arcaro. He’s the Assistant Chief of the Health Administration Service.
Q Okay. And who does he report to ?
Q Oh, okay. And who does he report to?
A He reports to Pam Womack. She’s the Chief of the service for Health Administration Service.
Q And do you know Marie Sylvia Bonaparte, hereinafter referred to as the complainant? And if yes, what is your organizational relationship to her?
A I do know her. She’s in my section. Yes.
Q Okay. And would you be her second line?
A Yes. I’m her second line.
Q Okay. As of November 1st, 2016, were you aware of the complainant’s disability? And if so, when and how did you become aware?
A Her disability meaning she has – I don’t know of her disability. I know of her issues. That something happened in her office.
And we – I heard it from my boss, my superior. She was communicating with my superior on issues that was involving her office.
I ‘m not award of her disability. I’m just aware that she had issues in her office that’s causing her to have these, I guess, sinus – sinus issues or skin issues or not able to inhale the air properly. That’s all I’m aware of.
Q Okay. When did you first become award of those issues?
A I don’t have all her paperwork right in front of me. But I do remember when my boss brought this to my attention to follow up just to make sure. Because she was bypassing the front – line supervisor and myself and going strictly to the Chief.
Q I see. And when was that?
A I don’t even have all the dates. I guess I should pull up all her files, huh?
Q You can give me an approximate time.
A I can’t even really – I don’t even remember if it was six months, five months, because it’s an ongoing issues.
Q Uh – huh.
A Once we close out an issue, there’s another issue that’s starting. We have issues with her saying that there’s exhaust in her office.
We take so many accommodations for her. And every time we think it’s closed out, there’s a new one beginning.
Q Was this prior to November of 2016, or you do not recall?
A All her – yes. All her issues are prior to November 16th, because it’s ongoing. We moved her out of the call center.
Because ,initially that’s where she’s supposed to be stationed. And she cannot be around carpet. And she has a mask that she wears to protect her from all the allergens that she’s inhaling.
And from my understanding, that’s supposed to be a powerful mask where you can go anywhere, because you have this mask where you can go anywhere, because you have this mask to protect you from all these allergens.
We’re accommodating her in a different building in a different office, which is a provider’s office. And that particular office had – she said something fell on her from the ceiling.
Q Okay. Let me stop you – let me stop you there. Because we’re going to get into the claim in
Just a bit.
Q I just have a few more background question to ask.
Q As of November 22nd, 2016 were you aware of her prior EEO activity? And if yes, when and how
Did you become aware?
A Of her EEO? I think I need to pull up some files. I can’t really quote you yes or no, because I have to look at these files. Because this was six months ago.
Q Not a problem. Go ahead.
A I should have had her file here. But I didn’t know you were going to ask that.
Q I think the initial e-mail that I sent you last week, it had the questions attached to it. I’m not sure if you noticed that.
A What is your last name again? Let me check.
A Okay. I see that in here. Okay. Okay. Let me see. I have one of her incidents here. That was June of 2016.
Q Okay. Ms. Payne, so you were aware as of November 22nd, 2016?
A Yes, I’m aware. I’m looking at all the e-mails. Because sometimes she would include me in the e-mails. And sometimes my boss would forward them to me.
A And then sometimes her supervisor would forward to it me as just a “cc” recipient.
Q I see. Okay. So moving on the claims. The complainant alleges that she was discriminated against based on reprisal and disability when since November 22nd, 2016, Ely Quesenberry has not granted her accommodation request to be reassigned to the Greater Los Angeles VA facility.
Now, I know that she had requested prior accommodation requests. But in terms of this EEO complaint, I’m only investigating the issue surrounding her request to be reassigned to the Los Angeles VA.
Did you have any role in that particular request?
A No ,role at all. Because, that’s dealing with the Employee Relations Department. Even to be reassigned to a different station, that’s basically for the employee to apply for those positions.
Q Okay. Understood.
A We’ve recently accommodated her on all her needs here at the facility. But for you to apply for a different station, you have to apply for those jobs and competed with the other candidates.
REGUAR EMPLOYEE’S THAT ARE ON THE LONG BEACH VA HOSPITAL BLACK BALL LIST AMOUNGST SUPERVISOR, MANAGER, MANAGEMENT, SECTOR CHIEF, EXCUTIVE AND ADMINSTRATION., WOULD NOT ALLOW THIS ACTION TO MOVE FORWARD.
ORM GROUP’S / TOWARD IT’S ADMINSTRATION HAS BEEN BULYED FROM THE STARTING OR APPLYING TO A POSITION AT LONG BEACH VA “AKA” TIBOR RUBIN MEDICAL CENTER POOL SINCE, 2010.
Q Okay. Understood. Is there anything pertinent to this issue that you would like to add that we have not already discussed?
INVESTIGATOR BAKER: Okay.
Sonja, we can go off the record.
(Off the record.)
( The proceedings concluded at 5:07 p. m. EDT)
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