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State Court Grants Complete Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act Claim

Published: April 11, 2011

On April 11, 2011, the Genesee County Circuit Court ordered the complete dismissal of an employee’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act Claim against Grand Blanc Township. The court determined that there was no evidence linking any activity by the Plaintiff and the Township Board’s decision to exercise an early termination provision in the Plaintiff’s employment contract. The Township was defended by McGraw Morris P.C. attorneys Thomas J. McGraw and Stacy J. Belisle. The Plaintiff, the Township’s former Department of Public Works Director and Township Engineer, asserted that he reported alleged violations of the Township’s ordinances and state law to the Township’s superintendent and attorney. He contended that the superintendent’s recommendation to the Board to exercise the early termination provision of his contract was retaliatory and not based on financial necessity. The court disagreed and determined that the state of the Township’s finances was the reason for the early termination and that Plaintiff failed to produce any evidence of a causal link between his reports and the termination of his contract.

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