Former Franklin County Employee Says She Was Fired For Refusing To Commit Illegal Acts
By Mike Perleberg
Franklin County Courthouse
(Franklin County, Ind.) – A former Franklin County government employee is suing the county alleging that her firing was retaliatory.
Kimberly Robinson and another employee were terminated from their positions in the Franklin County Auditor’s office in January.
Robinson recently served Franklin County Commissioners, Franklin County Council, and the Indiana Political Subdivision Risk Management Commission with a tort claim, according to the Connersville News Examiner. In it, Robinson alleges that she was fired for refusing to commit illegal acts at the request of various county officials.
“Those illegal acts include, but are not limited to, paying some county employees twice for the same holiday, authorizing sick pay for employees who were not entitled to it, and hiding potential ghost employment situations,” her claim states.
The issues had been reported by Robinson to the Indiana State Board of Accounts during an audit of the county government’s operations. The results of that audit were released in March, showing the county was noncompliant in several areas, including public purchases, payments before service, judicial payroll, salary ordinances, employee timekeeping, and sick leave.
Robinson is asking the county pay her $125,000 to settle the legal matter. The amount is for lost wages and benefits, compensatory damages, emotional distress, attorneys fees, and other costs.