Memphis VA welcomes employee back after DUI jail stint

An employee who spent sixty-days in prison was welcomed back to her job by the Memphis VA Medical Center.

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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 – An employee who spent sixty-days in prison was welcomed back to her job by the Memphis VA Medical Center. Brittney Lowe had been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol three times. Her  third conviction landed her in jail for two months in March.

She is now back at work. “She is not the only one,” said a human resources employee to this reporter, concerning Lowe’s situation.

In March, CDN exclusively broke the story that the Memphis VA was keeping Lowe on paid leave while she served her two month sentence. She was given what employee and Memphis VA whistleblower Sean Higgins called “donated leave,” a pooled employee resource which is normally granted for medical emergencies.

Willie Logan, public affairs officer for the Memphis VA, declined comment sending this reporter to the  human resources department. HR, in turn, made the shocking disclosure that other Memphis VA Medical Center employees have also served time.

Logan did release a statement to the Daily Caller when they inquired about Lowe. Writes The DC’s reporter Jonah Bennett:

“‘Privacy laws prohibit our speaking to any personal, employee-specific issue; however as a Federal agency, we comply with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidelines related to issues involving the work status of employees, as well as Federal Vehicle Fleet Management guidelines for operators of government vehicles,’ Willie Logan, spokeswoman for the Memphis medical center, told TheDCNF.

“‘While we value our employees and work with them to provide any needed assistance to ensure their success in their job, employees are held accountable to perform the duties of their job,’ Logan said. ‘In cases where additional assistance is needed, we offer an Employee Assistance Program available to all employees. In any case where circumstances indicate that an employee is no longer capable of satisfactorily performing the duties of their job, appropriate action is taken.'”

Even more shockingly, Lowe, an interior designer, drives a government vehicle as part of her job duties.

“I heard they’re going to hire a driver to drive her,” Sean Higgins said of the enormous care the hospital has taken with Lowe.

This treatment stands in sharp contrast to the treatment Higgins has received from the VA. He’s been terminated twice only to receive his job back both times, and was recently suspended for fourteen days, all of which, he believes, was in retaliation for repeatedly blowing the whistle on corruption within the agency.

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