Springfield v. Department of Environmental Protection, No. 93-2371

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM; ALLEN; ALLEN
Citation648 So.2d 802
Docket NumberNo. 93-2371
Decision Date29 December 1994
Parties20 Fla. L. Weekly D165 Cheila SPRINGFIELD, Appellant, v. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Appellee.

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648 So.2d 802
20 Fla. L. Weekly D165
Cheila SPRINGFIELD, Appellant,
v.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Appellee.
No. 93-2371.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
First District.
Dec. 29, 1994.
Rehearing Denied Feb. 10, 1995.

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Leslie Holland, Miami, for appellant.

Suzanne B. Brantley and David J. Evans of Dept. of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, for appellee.

PER CURIAM.

After the state agency Ms. Springfield worked for transferred her to Tallahassee, she decided she would rather give up her job than move to north Florida. Hearing Officer Cheatham found the facts:

1. Chelia Springfield was hired as a park ranger by the agency in February 1986 and assigned to Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County. She transferred in 1988 to Southwest Florida to Koreshan State Historic Site and was promoted to assistant park manager in January 1989. There she received a public service award. She transferred in November 1989 for a promotion to the position of park ranger of Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, also located in Southwest Florida.

2. In July 1991, Springfield was investigated for several disciplinary offenses and relieved of her duties as park manager. She was temporarily reassigned to work in the district office, and later, at her request, as a park ranger at Koreshan State Historic Site.

3. The Agency formally demoted Springfield to park ranger and suspended her for three days by letter dated September 16, 1991. In that letter, the Agency also notified Springfield that she would be transferred at a later date. Her last day at work in any capacity was on September 25, 1991. The next day she had surgery on her right ankle and went on sick leave. On October 10, she had surgery on her left ankle. Her medical condition was covered by state employee health insurance, but this did not reimburse Springfield for all her medical bills.

4. On October 2, 1991, the Agency notified Springfield of her new assignment as a park ranger in Tallahassee at Maclay Gardens, effective November 4, 1991. Springfield did not report in November. She was on either sick or annual leave until the last week in January 1992. Nevertheless, Springfield was able to take a new job as a landscaper for a private housing development on December 2, 1991.

5. On December 3, 1991, Springfield requested leave without pay status to commence on January 28, 1992. The only reason she listed was "personal." Her new supervisor responded that her job at Maclay Gardens was "indispensable" and the "peak visitation" period was approaching. He then asked for more information. Subsequently, her request was denied and she was directed to report for work at Maclay Gardens on January 29, 1992.

6. On January 29, 1992, Springfield was notified that if she failed to appear for work she would be dismissed for abandonment of her job. Springfield responded that she was financially unable to move...

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  • Charity v. Florida State University, No. 95-2553
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • March 13, 1996
    ...of an erroneous reason or rule for the same result would not be grounds for reversal. See Springfield v. Dep't of Envtl. Protection, 648 So.2d 802, 804 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994) ("the law is so well settled as to require no citation of authority to the effect that a correct result or judgment, th......
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  • Charity v. Florida State University, No. 95-2553
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • March 13, 1996
    ...of an erroneous reason or rule for the same result would not be grounds for reversal. See Springfield v. Dep't of Envtl. Protection, 648 So.2d 802, 804 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994) ("the law is so well settled as to require no citation of authority to the effect that a correct result or judgment, th......

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