Need to bounce something off you guys.

Am I correct in the assumption that you can NOT redirect a query?

Example

Redirect 301 /employee.cfm?initials=usera
http://www.somesite.com/staff/usera.html

I'm fairly certain anything after the .cfm is ignored. Is that correct?
I have someone telling me otherwise and I think they are mistaken..
(Mainly because I tried it to humor them and it didn't work.)