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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Flint city administrator's whistleblower lawsuit reinstated by appeals court

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Former Flint city administrator is suing the city and Mayor Karen Weaver for wrongful termination

A former city administrator in Flint who says she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor is getting another day in court.

A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed a decision by a judge and said a jury can sort out whether Natasha Henderson was illegally fired by Mayor Karen Weaver. The court says there's a key dispute over significant facts in her whistleblower claim.

Henderson was ousted as city administrator in February 2016. Weaver says she fired her for failing to timely inform the mayor about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the lead-tainted water crisis.

But Henderson tells a different story. She says she was fired when she became concerned that Weaver might be steering donors away from a fund for water victims and instead pointing them to a fund controlled by the mayor.

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