Donna Mulkey claimed that she was fired only because she reported illegal conduct.
“Ms. Mulkey had been employed with The Center for approximately 19 years before being wrongfully terminated,” her lawsuit said. “Ms. Mulkey’s termination came after she discovered and reported to her supervisor … that two staff members were falsifying information on billing forms.”
Mulkey quoted her supervisor as saying, “I’m going to fire that b****.”
The lawsuit also said, “Plaintiff [Mulkey] would show that her refusal to perform illegal acts was the sole cause of her termination.”
In its initial response to the lawsuit the Central Plains Center said, “The Center affirmatively asserts that any employment action taken against Plaintiff was motivated by legitimate, non-retaliatory reasons.”
The non-retaliatory reason was not listed. However, the center raised a different issue in the most recent court records.
The center is a collaborative effort of nine counties – Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Motley, Palmer and Swisher – and therefore qualifies as a government entity. The center claims a state agency cannot be sued without the state’s permission.
The center claims that Mulkey did not report discrimination based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin or age. Therefore, the center says she is not entitled to file a lawsuit.
Attorneys for both Mulkey and the Central Plains Center declined a chance to comment on Tuesday.