For those who thought Stacey Kalberman would go away quietly after having her salary cut and then her “resignation accepted” when she protested, they are now welcomed back into reality. Kalberman has filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court against the Ethics Commission, Holly LeBarge, and Patrick Millsaps for wrongful termination.
According to her complaint:
Between March and May of 2010, Kalberman became aware of three third-party complaints made against a gubernatorial candidate (the ‘candidate’) concerning his campaign’s compliance with the Georgia Campaign Finance Act,” the complaint states.
“The candidate had reappointed Millsaps to his position on the commission.
“The commission’s investigation revealed troubling irregularities with the candidate’s campaign financial disclosures.”
After the candidate’s counsel ignored her request for documents, Kalberman says, she prepared draft subpoenas for the commission’s review.
Kalberman says she discussed the subpoenas with Millsaps at least four times and told him that “the candidate’s campaign had possibly violated campaign contribution limits on many occasions.” But she says Millsaps asked her to keep the matter in “strict confidence” and refused to sign the subpoenas.
The complaint states that at no point did Kalberman actually resign, and accuses Millsaps of spreading “false rumors to the press and to the public”.
Kalberman is seeking damages under the Georgia Whistleblower Act, and seeks compensation for intentional infliction of emotional distress.