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Judge: DMV whistleblower should get job back

Posted November 3, 2008

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— An administrative judge has ordered the state Division of Motor Vehicles to reinstate a supervisor who had been fired after leaking information to the media.

Kenneth Cassidy was assistant district supervisor in the DMV's License and Theft Bureau before he was fired on March 20 under the pretext that he had violated a directive from DMV officials by talking to another employee in his office.

The firing came after Cassidy provided information to The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh about emissions specialists not having enough work and problematic hirings in the department. After being told by officials not to associate with anyone in his office, Cassidy was seen saying goodbye to a worker who had resigned, prompting them to fire him for unacceptable conduct.

Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison said in an order the that DMV directive was too broad to be enforceable, and he ordered the agency to give Cassidy his job back, with back pay, and to pay his legal fees.


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  • Seeminglyopposed Nov 4, 2008

    Can't sue the state for punative damages, if you could they would defintly be broke, with all the maliciousness that goes on withing NC government. That is why that law is in affect.

  • meatwrapper Nov 3, 2008

    The Man should definately have his job back,, not to mention punative damages given on his behave !!!!! The one who fired him should lose his Job !!!!!!!!

  • ghimmy51 Nov 3, 2008

    Happens all the time. It happened to me, but the smaller fish can't fight it. DOT and DMV are corrupt and need to be cleaned out from the top down. Hire somebody to do a JOB .. not be a good ol boy.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Nov 3, 2008

    I would like the one's who fired him have thier names and faces posted on this news site. Just to be fair

  • lane817 Nov 3, 2008

    give him back his job, with pay, pay his legal fees AND fire those who fired him.

  • Sidekick Nov 3, 2008

    DMV, DOT, it's all the same corrupt little group of liberals.

  • La_Grange_Dude Nov 3, 2008

    Sounds like this guy was trying to make the public aware of some of the wasteful spending of the DMV. Maybe the one who fired him should be the one who is fired. Would like to know more on this story.

  • Tax Man Nov 3, 2008

    Of course - it is like this with most NC government agencies - the "good old boy" network - fire who you want and make up some ridiculous reason - then the court orders you to reinstate and pay back wages plus attorneys fees, etc. Just like the State Troopers - just costs the taxpayers more money. We need a good, solid, unbiased employment review board to look at these things BEFORE people get fired! Then give the person being fired a change to rebut the charges to keep the job.

    I would not want to work for the state - too much politics and cronyism.

  • luvdolphin2 Nov 3, 2008

    serves them right for going overboard with authority.