One of the most despicable things the City did after abruptly terminating Mr. Franklin (without warning or notice) was to attempt to deny him any unemployment benefits. The City notified the State of Tennessee that Mr. Franklin was discharged for “attempting to deceive the State of TN for grant funding.” This was a lie. It was not a mistake. It was a lie. The City — in particular, Linda Elam, Paula Flowers, and Sheila Luckett — knew it was a lie. But they told the lie anyway, in a malicious attempt to deprive Mr. Franklin of unemployment benefits and to further assassinate his character.
Mr. Franklin appealed the denial of benefits, and won quite easily. He called as a witness the GNRC employee who had completed the grant application under dispute. She testified on his behalf and utterly refuted the City’s claim that there had been fraud. What is truly appalling is that the City withdrew from the proceedings and Acting City Manager Sheila Luckett ignored a subpoena compelling her to attend and to bring records.
“The accusation was not true. The claimant did not prepare the application. He did not submit any false information, and he did not direct anyone to submit any false information to obtain the State grant. Consequently the claimant vehemently denied the accusations. Despite the claimant’s denial, the claimant was terminated from his job.”
This does not bode well for the City in its attempt to defend against Mr. Franklin’s lawsuit. You can read the text of that lawsuit by clicking here.