A Co Worker at Terminex Frederick Lee talks about her loss of workOn October 16, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
the only other time I saw Dannette was at her
home because I was working for a different company, and she was no longer there in the
office or, I believe, working for Terminix. Okay. And tell us a little bit about how you had occasion to
see her while you were working for another company. The last time I saw Dannette at her home,
I was working for Middleton Pest Control. Dannette looked like a totally different person; it was not
the person that I hired, like her body had just deteriorated. Okay. She couldn’t — basically, almost like she couldn’t even walk. Okay. Couldn’t walk, couldn’t move. What was the occasion? Give us some of the background about how you
came about to see her, come across her. Another one of my salesmen, in fact, told me she was home, and
I was on that street doing an inspection for another home. In fact, that’s when I found out where she lived
because I never knew where Dannette lived, but that — when I was at her home, I saw how
she was moving, how she acted, how she looked. She looked pitiful. Okay. And that second time, okay, you mentioned that she
looked different, and her body had changed a little bit. Can you tell us a little bit about —
did you have occasion to talk to her? I talked with her. I talked with her a lot. She was under a lot of stress, a lot of pressure. She was unemployed. She — a single mom trying to raise a son with no way — no
income and no way — no way to try to even get any income. Did she tell you anything about her discomfort, the parts
of her body that were causing her discomfort at that time? Her back, her neck, her legs. She could — she could barely move. All right. And I know this is also tough, and if you can’t do it — could you give
us any more details about what she told you or anything like that? Was it sharp?
Dull? Other than she was asking did I know anyone that could help her. She was struggling trying to make ends meet,
keep the lights on, trying to keep her computer up and running so she could try to
seek a — seek a job or talk to someone. She just needed help. Okay. How long did you talk to her that time you saw her? I talked with her for at least an hour because she
needed someone to talk to and tell what was going on. Okay. Did you ever see her again after that time at her house? I haven’t seen Dannette since — and that
had to be 2000 — definitely 2008, 2009. Okay. Did you — did you see — what about did you ever see
her sometime with your wife or something like that? I saw her once with my wife; she was in her car. forget where it was, but I introduced my wife to her.
Okay. And how about that conversation, how long was that one?
That may have been 10, 15 minutes. Okay. No more than that. Was that — do you remember if that was before
or after the time you saw her at her house? I believe that was after I saw her at her home. Okay. And did she tell you anything about what
symptoms she was having at that time? Same symptoMs. She was still having back problems, neck
problems, a lot of pain, no help, no one to turn to. Okay. Nothing had changed. Okay. And before I forget to ask, let’s kind of back up a little bit. When she was working at Terminix, about how much was she getting paid? She was on salary plus commission. If it was just salary, that would have been $2,000 a month. Dannette was making much more than salary
because her sales were almost through the roof. She was — she was equaling my number one salesman
which was doing anywhere to 30, 40, 50,000 a month. So when you say $50,000 a month, in sales?
Yes. If averaging those type of sales and she
was being paid anywhere from 6 to 10 percent of the total sales, Dannette should
have been making anywhere 40, $50,000. Okay. All right. And — all right. Did she — you just mentioned, I guess,
that she was applying for work online. Did you — I’ll tell you what, when she was standing there
when you met her, saw her with her (sic) wife; is that right? Yes. Okay. Did — could you tell the jury a little bit
about her demeanor when she was standing up? She couldn’t stand long. She would have to lean — Dannette lost a lot of weight. Just her entire body, everything changed on her. But standing, she couldn’t stand, not for any
period of time; she would definitely have to sit. Okay. Hang on one second. Okay. Thank you so much, Mr. Lee. appreciate you coming out.
Thank you, Your Honor. Good afternoon, Mr. Lee. Hi. How are you doing?
We’ve had the occasion to speak with each other before. I’m Nat Fisher, and I represent Mr. Baptiste here, Dr. Baptiste. Now, you worked with Terminix along with Dannette, correct?
Yes, sir. All right. And you were her sales manager. How long were you working with Dannette
before the incident we’re here for? About three months?
I hired her March, April until I left definitely in September. Okay. And the reason you left in September was what? One was seeking other employment because
I wanted to go higher in the company, and they didn’t have a store or branch
manager — management position. I was acting as the regional sales manager for the Sarasota
branch, North Port branch, and Fort Myers at the time. So you chose to move on?
Yes, sir. All right. And you saw — you — how many times did you see Dannette Griffith from
the time you hired her until — until the incident we’re here for? You mentioned you went down to Fort Myers. Were you staying down there mostly?
No. I would commute back and forth every day. Oh, okay. But prior to going to Fort Myers, I saw Dannette every day. Okay. The sales team had to meet every day there
at the office, eight o’clock in the morning. 8:00 until — definitely 8:00 to 5:00
unless I had a sales meeting at four o’clock where we were getting together
to set up appointments for the next day. And then you saw her the one time after the incident we’re
here for when she was in the office doing light duty? Yes, sir. All right. And was it about that time when she was doing
light duty that you chose to leave Terminix? Yes, sir. All right. And you don’t know anything about why Dannette left Terminix, do you? No. All right. And then when you saw her the next
time, it was around 2009 at her house? About that time, yes. Okay. And she — she did not look good to you then?
No, sir. All right. And you-all spoke for, what, an hour or so?
Definitely — definitely an hour. Okay. An hour plus. And then you saw her with your wife, I
believe it was in a parking lot, wasn’t it? Yes. All right. And then you spoke with her then and that
— would that be around the year 2010? 2009, 2010?
I can’t say to — I can’t say whether 2009, 2010. Well, when do you think it is, the last time you saw her?
I would say in 2009. Okay. All right. Just nothing rings a bell to remind me about 2010. Okay. It’s kind of odd for me to go back and pull up that number. So 2009. All right. Tell the jury what she looked like to you then. First of all, Dannette was — when I hired Dannette, Dannette was a
very attractive woman, healthy, strong, plenty of energy, personality. There was no reason whatsoever a customer could
say no to Dannette if she had an appointment. Dannette lost definitely had to be 50 pounds. Dannette didn’t even look like the same woman. When you saw her in 2009 — When I saw Dannette, I would not
have hired Dannette to do anything; she needed to be in a bed. Are you aware of any restrictions on what she was not —
certain things she wasn’t able to do after the accident? She wasn’t — she wasn’t able to walk around this courtroom. She was told to sit down. She had to stay sitting. When I talked with her at her home, Dannette
couldn’t get up to answer the door. All right. And that’s what you saw about that time. And you haven’t seen her since?
Haven’t seen her since my wife and I both saw her. That’s the last time I’ve seen Dannette. And you don’t know — well, tell me what you do know,
what Dannette told you about the accident we’re here for. What kind of accident was it? She never went into detail with me with the
accident other than she was in an accident. She was at lunch. She didn’t know who to call, what to do;
didn’t know how Terminix would take it. I told her, You pick up the telephone. You treat it like any other accident; you call the police. And that’s it?
You get a police report and go from there. And that’s all you know about the accident we’re here for?
That’s all I know about the accident. Do you know anything about the damage to her car?
No, sir. If there was any damage?
No, sir. All right. So you haven’t seen her since around 2009. Do you know about — anything about —
have you spoken to her on the phone? I’ve spoken with her on the phone when she asked me would I
testify and give — what do you call it — a character reference. What you’re doing now?
Yes. And I told her I had no problem telling the truth. And when did she call you up to ask you to do this?
That was last — that was about last June. Okay. June, July. So really the only knowledge you have of Ms.
Griffith is just what you’ve told us today? That’s it. Okay. All right. Thank you, sir. Okay. Any redirect?
No thank you, Your Honor. All right. Sir, you may step down. Okay. Call your next witness.