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H.R. Director may lose job over H.R. issue

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Updated: 8/13/2012 10:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Its a human resource issue that's taking place right in the human resource department at the Putnam County School District.

Werner Hollaway, the director of human resources, was suspended after allegedly distributing inappropriate documents to the women in his office.

Putnam County School District Superintendent Tom Townsend says, "There is no appropriate place for a document like this in this school district."

An investigation was launched last month by the school board. School board Attorney James Padgett interviewed six employees in the H.R. Department who say they felt uncomfortable by some of the things Mr. Hollaway allegedly showed them.

In one of the sworn statements, Antoinette Deaver says she was offended by two pictures of naked men that Mr. Hollaway placed on her desk.

In another statement, Paula Miller says she was extremely offended by a racist document Mr. Hollaway allegedly handed out to members of the office.

And when the attorney asked these women why none of them came forward before now all of them say they were afraid of retaliation and losing their jobs.

I talked to Hollaway by phone today. He told me he didn't want to comment at this time.

School District Superintendent Tom Townsend did talk to me today, and he says he's disappointed by the entire issue. "There is not room for inappropriate material such as this in this school district. And I would encourage anyone that is offended in anyway to come forward because we will take action," says Townsend.

The school board will meet here on Thursday to determine Mr. Hollaway's fate.
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