$345,000 settlement for whistleblowing allegations

A former McCracken County clerk employee has settled her claims for wrongful termination, based upon allegations that she was harassed by coworkers then fired by the county clerk in 2012 after she blew the whistle on what she believed was tax fraud.  The county and its insurance provider paid her $345,000 to “avoid the risk and uncertainty of a trial,” rather than as an admission of guilt, according to the county’s attorney.  In the experience of the plaintiff’s employment attorneys at Abney & McCarty, it is unprecedented that any government entity, much less seasoned insurance adjustors, would agree to pay such an amount just to avoid risk and uncertainty at trial, but we will take their word for it.

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