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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 8:30 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

A 10-woman, 2-man jury late Thursday began deliberating the case of Jennifer Smith, who claims she was fired from the state Department of Health because she pointed out misappropriations of federal money.

The Department of Health claims Smith was fired because she was insubordinate to her supervisors.

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5 comments:

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 2:37 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    "Actually", Mr. Mocha, do you know anything about this case other than what you have read? Are you a party to it in any way? Are you a fellow employee, a supervisor, a witness for the defense? How do you know the plaintiff and/or her motives?

    Why are you questioning me about bringing up the administration? Perhaps I DO know something you do not know. It is only you your very humble and small opinion that I confuse the "issue" as you define it. There are others who think I am shining a klieg light on a pervasive infection.

    Nothing happens in a vacuum, sir. And in state government, nothing happens without the administration's approval, tacit or otherwise.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    Actually, whats at the "heart" of this case is whether or not there was any whistle blowing and /or abuse of power. What we found out (facts) is that the only abuse was this employee abusing the e-mail system by continually sending nasty e-mails to her bosses. The other "fact" is that there was no real whistle blowing, just another dissastisfied employee trying to get her bosses in trouble. And why do you keep bringing up the administration? They have nothing to do with this. All you do when you do that is try to confuse the issue which makes the already in the wrong employee seem more shiftless, with more to hide and with an agenda.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 8:45 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Right, Christine. It's the "You're lucky to have a job, so shut up and take it" attitude that is really the issue in this case -- and in this administration.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 7:32 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    What? How did this become a political issue? It's obvious that this woman has issues with authority by the way she treated them (documented with e-mails) and is falsly using the whistleblower act in an effort to shift the blame, get her job back and /or get compensated. It would appear that the real victims were her supervisors.

     
  • ChristineMtz posted at 7:01 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    The blatant air of intimidation and retaliation is alive and well in the Republican Administration!

    If you complaint it will only get worse because boys and girls...this is what you get when you vote Republican.

     
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