If this story doesn’t describe perfectly the stupidity that is big-government, I don’t know what does.
Recently, New York City tried to fire 65-year-old Geoffrey Tolliver from his $38K-a-year job as a Medicaid eligibility specialist for missing about 18 months of work.
The cities Human Resources Administration accused the government employee of abandoning his job as of November 2013. Last month an administrative law judge recommended Toliver be fired, noting that he didn’t appear for a July 1 hearing.
Of course Tolliver couldn’t appear to the hearing, he had died of cancer last December.
Via The New York Post:
HRA officials said they sought to remove Toliver from his $38,000-a-year job after they couldn’t reach him for well over a year.
They marked the start of his absence as Nov. 12, 2013, and said calls and certified letters mailed to his home were never answered.
“We did everything we could to contact him and his family,” said HRA spokesman David Neustadt. “This employee was not paid when he wasn’t working, but we left his job open in case he recovered.”
He said that now that the agency knows of his “unfortunate death,” it would take no further action.
Family members were surprised to hear city officials claim they hadn’t been in touch with Toliver.
“It is my understanding that . . . his employer was fully aware that he was not able to come back to work,” Toliver’s brother Anthony told The Post.
“It is my understanding that my brother’s family spoke directly to his supervisor during his long hospitalization and informed them of his death.”
An online obit said Toliver was born in Harlem as the second of eight children.
“He was very well liked by his colleagues,” it said. Read More…
If you can’t trust the government to know that one of it’s employees had passed away, seriously what can you trust it to do?