HR executive cleared of assault after 'grabbing' employee

A US HR executive is no longer facing an assault charge, but her employer still thinks her ‘deceptive’ and ‘bullying’ behaviour warranted firing her

A US HR executive has had an assault charge against her dropped, after she was accused of ‘grabbing’ an employee she had only recently fired.
Dallas ISD HR executive Tonya Grayson was facing a misdemeanour assault case brought by former DISD administration assistant Donna Blackmon.
Blackmon alleged that Grayson had accused her of stealing DISD documents, and grabbed her arm after terminating her on March 6 this year.
Blackmon - who also disputes the assertion she didn’t meet goals set in a DISD performance plan – then filed a report with the Dallas Police Department.
But the case was dropped on Friday according to The Dallas Morning News, with no witnesses having been available or willing to corroborate the story.
Blackmon worked for the DISD for 36 years before she was fired by Grayson, and is said to be considering filing a lawsuit against Grayson.
Though she is free of the assault charge for now, Grayson is still facing an uphill battle to reclaim her own job, after she too was fired last month.
The Dallas Morning News reports Grayson was a ‘controversial figure’ in DISD before she was terminated last month based on a range of behaviours.
Among them, DISD said she had been deceptive while she was an employee, lied about her criminal history, and also bullied another employee.
Grayson has hit back with an appeal over her termination, claiming she was an ‘exemplary’ employee and that she did not contravene laws or DISD rules.

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