Tacachale Fires Employees For Past Incidents
Nine employees of Gainesville's Tacachale Community were laid off this week.
Leaders of Tacachale, the agency for person with disabilities, said they are simply enforcing already existing policy. Tacachale is a residential community for people with developmental disabilities.
Spokesperson Melanie Etters said residents at Tacachale are â€œvulnerableâ€ and should be protected. That's why the agency has a policy that anyone who has a criminal history should not work there.
But people like James Chatman have worked at Tacachale for decades. â€œWhy did they hire me in '84 when I gave them my credentialsâ€”that I had a record?â€
Etters said the other eight employees laid off this week have 10 days to appeal.
Chatman does not have that option. He said he's talking to a lawyer.
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