Court reverses CSC’s decision on two port employees fired in 2012

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Former Port Authority of Guam general manager Joanne Brown has criticized current Port GM Rory Respicio for what she says are questionable hiring practices. (PNC file photo)

Two of the seven employees of the Port Authority of Guam, who were fired from their jobs in 2012, have had their cases returned to the Civil Service Commission.

The port authority’s attorney Michael Phillips said Superior Court Judge Vern Perez on Thursday reversed CSC’s earlier rulings on the complaints filed by former port employees Francine Rocio and Leonora Leon Guerrero.

“These two cases follow the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the Javellosa case wherein the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Port while reversing the Civil Service Commission’s earlier ruling in favor of the employee,” Phillips said.

The seven port employees were given their walking papers for allegedly providing illegal benefits and falsifying documents. The case stemmed from the workers’ compensation benefits provided to Bernadette Sterne Meno, former Port marketing manager, who claimed the benefits after a bathroom accident.

Port Authority General Manager Rory Respicio said the two cases were remanded to CSC for a  “determination of the proper standard of review.  As all these employee appeal cases go through the CSC, the Port Authority’s internal review of terminations and adverse has been completed.”

After taking the helm of PAG, Respicio created a task force to look into the “Port Seven” termination cases, which drew a flak from his predecessor Joanne Brown.

“Assistant General Manager Connie Shinohara is leading that task force and when the board is ready, she will present the task force’s findings for the board’s decision.”

Phillips said Rocio’s and Leon Guerrero’s cases were the fourth reversed by the Superior Court in favor of the port.

The Superior Court had earlier also reversed the cases of former employees Eddie Castro and Josette Javellosa.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.