The Michigan Supreme Court has recently reinstated a $350,000 verdict in a whistle-blower lawsuit brought against
by a former employee. Lake County
While Cheryl originally won her case at trial in Lake County Circuit Court, the case has been sent to the state Court of Appeals twice, as well as to the Supreme Court. Most recently however, in a 4-0 opinion authored by Justice Michael Cavanagh, the court did in fact find a causal link between Cheryl’s termination and the complaints she made to the county board.
Cheryl’s objections included opposition towards the use of a
ambulance for the transportation of residents from other counties in
non-emergency situations, as well as the county board’s authorization to
transfer $50,000 from the ambulance account to a “mapping project account.”
However, the board voted to return the funds to the ambulance account two days
after voting to merge two county positions, which eliminated Cheryl’s job due
to “budgetary problems.” Lake
The court determined that although there may have been financial issues at the time, it did not appear that these difficulties were the board’s motivating factor when it eliminated Cheryl’s position. As a result, the original $350,000 verdict to Cheryl was reinstated.
If you have questions about criminal matters, fraud or other legal issues, please contact Mark Mandell or Tariq Hafeez at 248.380.0000 or online at www.MichiganFraudLawyer.com
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