Fired senior center director files lawsuit

FLINT TWP. — Linda Moore, who was fired in April from her job of nearly 11 years as director of the Carman-Ainsworth Senior Citizens Center, has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation.

The suit filed in Genesee County Circuit Court cites three counts, “violations based on Whistleblower Protection Act, four violations of the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act (discrimination, harassment, retaliation and retaliatory harassment by supervisors, and four violations of the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.”

Moore allegedly was fired because of testimony she gave in a deposition, which is a violation of the Whistleblower Law, according to her attorney Tom Pabst.

“You can’t fire someone because they testified in a court action and reported a suspected violation of the law,’’ he said. “There was no good reason for what they did to her. She got really rotten treatment and she did nothing wrong.”

Moore said her unexpected dismissal resulted from a 4-3 vote of the senior center’s governing board in a closed-door session she was asked to leave.

“When I came back, I was told I was fired and had to leave the building immediately,’’ she said.

Her husband Bob was fired at the same time, she said. He had worked in various capacities at the center for five or six years including as a social worker, helping run the food pantry and keeping millage funds straight. He was not given a reason for his dismissal, but is not part of the lawsuit.

Moore said she was told she was no longer capable of doing her job. At the time, she was dealing with her brother’s illness and pending death. She was fired on April 14 and her brother died from brain cancer on April 20, she said. He had been sick for nearly a year so Moore said she knew it would be terminal did not let it interfere with her ability to do her job.

“I still did my job and did it well,’’ she said, “I had never had a reprimand or anything. According to the job specifications they handed me, I did everything on that (list). I hate to toot my own horn but the center was very well run.”

Moore, who lives in Mundy Township, has worked in senior services for 28 years, first with the City of Flint Department of Parks of Recreation and since August 2003 at the Flint Township center.

She is looking for another job but is seeking compensation more so than getting her old job back.

“I don’t see my job coming back,” Moore said.

Citing damages in excess of $100,000, Moore’s lawsuit cites injuries including job loss, damage to her professional reputation, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress and mental anguish and hurt feelings including extreme embarrassment and humiliation.

Moore said that she stays in contact with three former members of the senior center board who quit because of her firing. She said she also has received supportive calls for center patrons.

Township officials did not respond to a request for comment.

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