» Whistleblower Lawsuits May Also Be Filed Against The Judiciary

Whistleblower Lawsuits May Also Be Filed Against The Judiciary

Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 - Racism may be the basis for this whistleblower lawsuit against a judge.

Mellino Robenalt LLC has Cleveland Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Attorneys

Mellino Robenalt LLC has Cleveland Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Attorneys

“This is going to be a touch and go case,” indicated Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer, ”because it is not as clear cut as some whistleblower lawsuits may be. This one sounds in racism, with other factors added into the mix, and is a prime example of the “he said/she said” doctrine in action. The plaintiff says she was fired after reporting racism. The judge says she was fired for creating a negative work environment. However, it could well be she was fired in reprisal for reporting judges taking pay they were not entitled to take.”

The plaintiff in this suit is a former court reporter who alleges she was wrongfully dismissed after reporting racism and discrimination. Typically, this would be a wrongful dismissal case. However, other issues turned it into potential whistleblower litigation, specifically, being terminated was a direct reprisal for reporting that visiting judges were illegally getting paid a full day’s wages, when they were only entitled to a half day rate and that all employees were coerced into participating in a breakfast club. Her suit asks the court for compensation for pain and suffering, compensatory damages and damages for lost earnings.

The female plaintiff was a court reporter in the auxiliary courts for close to a year, when she was terminated from her position by a state district judge. The reason cited was the woman created a negative work environment. Evidently, the woman then tried to commit suicide after she was fired. Just prior to being dismissed from her position, the plaintiff contacted a county attorney, the human resources office, local law enforcement and the FBI with her allegations that visiting judges were paid $500 for a full day’s work when they were only entitled to a half day rate.

She also outlined the rules of the breakfast club, where an employee had to bring breakfast treats every Friday for all other court workers. The person was determined by a schedule circulated to workers. In addition, she further alleged that some employees reported a full work week, but left before 5:00 p.m. every Friday.

“Of course, the main point to be determined here, aside from the reprisal issue, is just how long the alleged overpayments to visiting judges were going on and how much was involved. The government will often not involve itself in whistleblower cases that do not have a major payoff for them,” explained Robenalt.

“If you have information about dishonest or illegal activities in a company, organization or government department, call me. Misconduct may relate to being in violation of a law or rule, corruption, health or safety violations and fraud, and we can discuss your situation in a straightforward manner so you understand your options, if you wish to file a whistleblower lawsuit,” Robenalt suggested.

To learn more or to contact a Cleveland whistleblower attorney, or visit http://www.mellinorobenalt.com.

Mellino Robenalt LLC
200 Public Sq., Suite 2900
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Call: (216) 241-1901

[mappress mapid="43"]

  • Timeline for a Medical Malpractice Case
    Regardless of the type of medical malpractice case you might have, you have a timeline to follow, even before you file the case. You must file within a certain amount of time after the incident — this is known as the statute of limitations. Once that time has passed, you are barred from filing a […]
  • The Effect of Birth Injuries on Mothers
    When babies suffer from birth injuries, their mothers are also affected. While the potential effects vary widely, some of the most common side effects that mothers experience when their children are injured at birth include the following. Financial Issues When babies have birth injuries, they often need medical treatment, which can include diagnostic testing, surgery, […]
  • Product Liability Laws & Injuries from Lawnmowers, Weedeaters, & Grills
    Spring is here and with warmer weather, it’s natural for people to get out of the house, grill, and care for their lawn. However, heavy equipment like lawnmowers, weedeaters, and grills have a potential to cause injury for the user. If an individual is injured as a result of using one of these products, who […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required