Whistle-blower claims to go forward in Gallup suit


Firing an ‘act of reprisal’

Gallup alleged in her suit that she was fired as an “act of reprisal” after filing a grievance in April 2010; she was terminated in December. 

Family Court handles cases where parties seek court intervention to solve their family issues.  Judges hear and decide cases involving divorce, paternity, domestic violence and abuse, child custody, support and visitation.  The court also provides mediation to help parents resolve child support, child custody and visitation problems.

The suit filed in March by Gallup’s attorney, M. Catherine Jones, against Nevada County Superior Court, Court Executive Officer Sean Metroka, Human Resources Director Thea Palmiere and Family Court Services Interim Director Carmella Smith Cellini claimed wrongful termination in violation of public policy, violation of federal due process law, retaliation for refusing to engage in illegal conduct, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Once Gallup raised her concerns to her supervisors, she said, she received reprisals and retaliations from the court and its officials.   Gallup began working for Nevada County as an independent contractor in 2006 and was hired as an employee in 2008. She filed the grievance last year, claiming mediators were given insufficient time for appointments, were allowed inadequate review of records and gathering of facts, and were not allowed to consider criminal backgrounds while making recommendations in custody cases.

“It’s exactly what I expected and I’m very pleased,” Jones said. “It’s going forward as a whistle-blower case, which is what it is.”

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