Laurel Harper vs. University of Louisville to be heard Feb. 7
The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear the case of Laurel Harper, et. al. vs. University of Louisville at 9 a.m. on Feb. 7.
Laurel Harper appeals to the Kentucky Supreme Court to hear the oral argument from the parties. At issue is now the conflicting legal precedent set by the 2-1 Court of Appeals' opinion reversing the jury's verdict, and holding that Harper's multiple, ongoing reports of financial waste and mismanagement did not constituted protected disclosures pursuant to the Kentucky Whistleblower Statute. The present decision will discourage government employees from reporting what they believe to be financial waste and mismanagement out of a fear of reprisal.
The original case revolved around a jury verdict against the University of Louisville for firing Harper because she repeatedly disclosed financial waste and mismanagement in her department to her boss, multiple vice presidents with the university, the university's Human Resources department and the board of trustees, as well as the Courier-Journal.
Kentucky Supreme Court case number 2016-SC-0632-DG
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