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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

OUCH: Court of Appeals Smacksdown AMC

In this action brought under the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA), MCL 15.361 et seq., plaintiff appeals as of right from the order granting defendant’s [AMC's]motion for summary disposition under MCR 2.116(C)(8) and (10). We reverse.[smack]
From September 10, 2001 to September 2003, plaintiff was employed by defendant [AMC] as the Director of Public Relations until her placement as special assistant to the president of Ave Maria College. She served in this position until she was terminated in July 2004. In a single count complaint alleging wrongful termination, plaintiff alleged defendant violated the WPA by terminating her employment in response to her reports and participation in a United States Department of Education (DOE) investigation regarding defendant’s administration of Title IV Student Financial Assistance Programs during the 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03 award years.
Read more for yourself by clicking here to go to the Court of Appeals site. The trial court will now need to decide if AMC fired her because she reported wrongdoings to the DOE -- if so, AMC will have to pay the piper.