The whistle-blower whose public complaints touched off an investigation last year into the activities of a top Richmond, Cali., administrator sued the city and several officials this week in U.S. District Court, claiming they have retaliated against her for speaking out.
Stacie Plummer, a finance manager and 27-year city employee, said that since 2009 her career in Richmond has stalled — no raises, promotion or stability in job roles. Plummer alleges that her lack of advancement is punishment for exposing what she says is rampant unlawful conduct at City Hall, and amounts to a violation of her free speech rights and California government and labor codes.
“Everyone is scared to report corruption,” Plummer said in an interview this week. “Instead, they come to me because they know I’m already in trouble.” And, she added, she speaks up.