HR personnel in multiple departments claim city’s Dept. of Human Resources has edited racial grievances out of workers’ complaints
The terms “cinematic” and “Human Resources manager” are not a natural match. But it’s San Francisco in 2020, and this city does provide. As such, the mayor, every supervisor, and literally hundreds of city employees were jolted by a Sept. 18 email from Micki Callahan that was so over-the-top that several veteran government hands told me they seriously questioned if Callahan had been hacked and this email was a forgery. Considering Callahan is the longtime head of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the subject line of her email was “Corruption at DHR … ” this was not an unreasonable supposition. And forgery was the subject of this email. In it, Callahan blamed a former HR manager named Rebecca Sherman for misleading a Black female Muni worker who’d filed a discrimination case. Sherman, she said, misinformed the employee that the city would provide her with a fat settlement and promotion. What’s more, Callahan blamed Sherman for forging this settlement, forging the signatures of two deputy city attorneys and Muni director Jeffrey Tumlin, forging texts and emails from a payroll manager ensuring the worker that money and a promotion was coming, and deleting internal records of this case to cover her tracks. Even with all of these cinematic details, people tend to glaze over when they hear the term “HR.” That’s too bad. It’s an influential and powerful department with an incredibly broad reach — remember, San Francisco has tens of thousands of employees earning billions and billions of dollars. But if it’s cinematic details you require: A copy of the alleged bogus settlement agreement obtained by Mission Local (embedded below) puts the dollar amount promised the aggrieved Muni worker at just under $514,000. Sherman allegedly copped to all this and more in a written statement offered along with her resignation. Your humble narrator asked for that document via a public records request but was rebuffed, as it’s part of an ongoing City Attorney investigation. We get it. That’s understandable. But one can’t escape that we are being asked to trust many allegations that reveal a breakdown of trust. At least for now, we are being asked to believe things that are — by their very nature — not believable.
- Black workers compose 7 percent of Airport employees but receive 38 percent of the disciplinary actions;
- Black workers compose 8 percent of Public Utilities Commission employees but receive 31 percent of the disciplinary actions;
- Black workers compose 30 percent of Municipal Transportation Agency employees but receive 51 percent of the disciplinary actions.