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I prided myself on having the ability to work for both Republican and Democratic administrations. I lived my purpose and worked my passion. However, on August 5, 2011 that would all change. I was told by senior management that I would have to take a diminished job title, duties, and responsibilities if I “would like to continue”.
That demotion would allow for a person with the preferred political affiliation to assume leadership and recognition of new and innovative initiatives, programs, and projects I had researched, designed, and developed; and were adopted by the new agency head as department priorities.
By all accounts and in their words, I was doing a “good job”, “on the right track”, and a “superstar”. However, when I refused to accept such an unwarranted, unethical, and unfair demotion so to advance a persons’ political agenda, I was immediately terminated.
Help me to stop this form of injustice from happening to anyone else in the future.
Lillian Lima – Independent
Former Director of Minority Affairs & Community Engagement
Florida Department of Children and Families