City Commission to discuss terms of Marshall’s resignation in May 20 meeting
May 19, 2021
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
One of the items on the agenda of the afternoon portion of the May 20 Gainesville City Commission meeting is a contract amendment for Director of Equity & Inclusion Teneeshia Marshall, who has submitted her resignation. The amendment includes severance pay including 20 weeks of base pay and 20 weeks of the City’s contributions to health insurance, life insurance, and retirement, plus payment for unused and accrued paid time off. Marshall’s original 2018 contract only provided for 20 weeks of severance pay; the additional payments are not listed.
Marshall will also be paid as a temporary employee for the month of June at her current rates plus the current rates for the City’s contributions to health insurance, life insurance, and retirement. This period is to provide transition assistance as requested by an Interim Equal Opportunity Director.
A “Retirement Correction” paragraph states that the City failed to establish a retirement plan as was required by Marshall’s 2018 contract. The original contract said she would “decide the percentage of her base salary that she desires to have contributed/deferred to such plans and the City will implement her decision… by, among other things, deducting appropriate equal proportionate amounts each pay period.” Since the plan was never established, these contributions were not deducted from her pay – i.e., she received her full salary in her paycheck. In the contract amendment, the City agrees to establish a retirement plan and contribute “$59,745.31 which represents the Equal Opportunity Director’s contributions and the City’s contributions that would have been made” if the retirement plan had been set up when she started her employment with the City.
The contract amendment also includes a “Covenant not to sue” that prohibits Marshall from instituting “any action or suit at law or in equity against the City.”
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