When the Human Resource department receives a subpoena how should it be answered? Heard something the other day that I found disturbing. The human resource department received a subpoena for records of an employee here in the city. The subpoena from what I understand asked for salary, benefits, pension, and so on. As you can surmise this is a divorce case not the first employee getting a divorce in the city sure wont be the last. I could be wrong , but I thought in these types of cases the city gives the information end of subject. Well dear taxpayers not the case, apparently this got sent to the attorney who drafted a reply denying the information and asking the judge to make that person pay $1,500.00.
Since when does the city a non party get involved in a divorce? Does the same thing happen when a judgement for garnishments come to the HR department? How many thousands of dollars spent replying, denying, and going before a judge in any of these cases? Why is the city taking sides or even getting involved in someone’s divorce? Don’t we as a city have enough to deal with at this time? If the city decided they want to come in on the side of the employee then why send the bill to the person who has the right to ask for the information. Send the attorney bill to the employee. By the way all the information asked for canbe FOIA’ed.