The termination has sparked outrage on social media, where some people claimed that Melissa Rolfe was fired because of her association with the former officer, who was criminally charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. One Twitter user wrote in response: “Do NOT use @equity_prime or do ANY business with this HORRIBLE Company.”
However, in a statement, the company denied that claim and indicated that Melissa Rolfe’s views had created a hostile work environment. Equity did not specify what those views were. Here is the company’s statement, which it released late in the evening on June 18:
As an employer, it is imperative to maintain a safe environment for all employees. Melissa Rolfe’s termination was a direct result of her actions in the workplace and violation of company policy. While working with Melissa as she transitioned to a leave of absence granted by our organization, we discovered she violated company policy and created an uncomfortable working environment for many of our employees. As an HR director, she ultimately lost the confidence of her peers, leadership, and many employees who no longer felt comfortable engaging with her. We value diversity of thought and respect Melissa’s personal views and the views of all employees; however, when those views create a hostile working environment, we must make difficult decisions to part ways.
The company also tweeted, “EPM is dedicated to being an organization that strives for diversity and equality. We are guided by the 23 fundamentals of the EPM Way to be an advocate for financial empowerment in the communities we serve.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Tucker Carlson First Reported That Melissa Rolfe Had Lost Her Job
The news that Rolfe’s stepmother had lost her job was first reported on Fox News by host Tucker Carlson. You can watch that segment above.
Rolfe is no longer listed on the leadership page for Equity’s website. An archived version of the website provided biographical information for Melissa Rolfe:
Human Resources Director
Melissa was born and raised in Cobb County, Ga. She is married with three grown sons and one grandson. She is honored to be your Human Resource Director and hopes to put over 20 years of experience into furthering the EPM way. She will be using her degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Management to partner with team members to make them feel appreciated, respected and heard. Her belief is that staff is the greatest asset at EPM and they need a healthy, happy, fun work environment that promotes personal and professional development.
The Facebook page Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress shared a message on June 17 that she said she received from Garrett Rolfe’s family relating to the Support Officer Garrett Rolfe’s defense fund. That message refers to Melissa Rolfe, showing that Rolfe’s stepmom was active in his defense:
Please share the official fundraising page for my son.
Here are some of the reactions to the news on Twitter:
“Hope Equity Prime Mortgage has lots of cash on hand. They are going to pay alot to Melissa Rolfe….”
“@Equity_Prime Absolutely deplorable. I hope Melissa Rolfe owns your sorry subprime company when this is all over.”