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Lessons from a lawsuit

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 20, 2014

Well, here’s something you don't see every day: A high-level executive of a high-profile agency gets fired, retains a celebrity attorney and then files a tell-all lawsuit alleging he was whacked for whistleblowing.

Former state Sen. Joe Dunn’s acrimonious departure as the California State Bar’s executive director has lawyers everywhere talking, since the quasi-public organization administers the gateway exam into their profession and then disciplines them for illegal or unethical practices.

So far, we’ve heard mostly from Dunn, who alleges that a bar executive falsified investigation reports to enhance her evaluation and pay, that the same person made an unspecified complaint about him, that the board of trustees’ president was out to get Dunn and that he was fired, he says, for reporting the corruption.

The board countered with a news release calling Dunn’s lawsuit “baseless.” Without getting into the gory details, the bar said that staff complaints prompted Dunn’s termination after considerable investigation and deliberation.

“It’s bewildering to hear Mr. Dunn claim that he is a whistleblower,” the bar’s statement says, since he was the guy just below the board on State Bar org chart.

Read the whole story at Sacramento Bee

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