Created: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:26:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:36:41 EST
The state of Georgia's NAACP President made a spirited plea Tuesday at the Macon Transit Authority's Board Meeting, asking members to take a closer look at the March firing of a former MTA employee.
In what she described as an uncomfortable situation, former MTA worker Tiawanda Hampton faced the group of people who allowed her termination. Hampton says the way it happened was unjust.
"I didn't have the opportunity to appeal my firing, my termination, they didn't give me that opportunity," Hampton said.
Hampton was fired after she allegedly did not follow protocol when reporting that a co-worker had brought a shotgun into the office. MTA board members would not comment on the matter, instead reffering comment to attorney Brad Wilson.
"It's been reviewed by the State Department of Labor, it's been reviewed by the Appeals Council, by independent objective finders of fact, and they have always indicated, found and ruled, that the transit authority acted in a proper matter in terminating Ms. Hampton," Wilson said.
State NAACP President Edward DuBose doesn't think that's the case.
"This was important enough to make sure that we not only bring state resources in, but our national team has been briefed also," DuBose said.
DuBose says the NAACP will begin its own inquiry into the matter by talking to the Georgia Department of Transportation and the federal government.
"We need to make sure that people who receive federal dollars act responsibly," DuBose said.
Hampton says she just wants her job back.
"I just want justice to be served, want the right thing to be done," Hampton said.