Posted: 6:37 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Atlanta Watershed employee speaks out after firing

ATLANTA —

Channel 2 Action News talked to one of the 13 Atlanta Watershed Management workers who were fired Friday after the city launched three investigations into the department.

She told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne she had not been interviewed by investigators, not even to get her side of what happened.

Latashia Foster said the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management hired her about a year ago as a "video integration center monitor."

“I’m a good employee,” Foster said.

Now she is going on video to defend her good name.

“This isn't how I wanted to leave the city,” she said. “I’m going to take the lead from counsel but it’s going to be a lot of prayer. It’s going to be a lot of prayer.”

Foster’s notice of proposed termination cites a code section and says "negligence in performing assigned duties" and "any other conduct or action of such seriousness that disciplinary action is considered warranted.”

She says she did not do anything wrong.

Foster’s lawyer Mary Huber says the city's own law requires "specific and detailed charges and reasons" in such notices, which she said Foster does not have.

Huber’s response letter says it is clear the city is discharging Foster for her reports to the chain of command of wrongdoing at watershed management.

“I don't want my client to go into what she knows because I don't trust the city, not to turn around and rewrite its investigation to make specific allegations to rebut and discredit her,” Huber said.

Foster said she is staying strong because the city was a resource but not her source. She said the source that sustains her is God.

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