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Published: July 13, 2010

On July 13, 2010, the Wayne County Circuit Court granted a complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Sumpter Township on the basis that there was no evidence supporting Plaintiff’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act claim (“WPA”). Sumpter Township was defended by McGraw Morris P.C. attorneys Thomas J. McGraw and Stacy J. Belisle. Plaintiff asserted that he engaged in protected activity when he prepared some statements regarding alleged wrong doing by a fellow employee. However, as part of its overall efforts to reduce costs, the Township’s Board of Trustees voted to eliminate Plaintiff’s position. Although the Township’s financial basis for this decision was undisputed, Plaintiff asserted that the Board’s vote was retaliatory in violation of the WPA. In dismissing Plaintiff’s claim, the court noted that because the full Board voted in favor of eliminating Plaintiff’s position and no one on the Board knew of Plaintiff’s allegedly protected activity, the Plaintiff could not establish causation.


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