Below is the legal complaint from the attorney for Stacie Plummer, the Richmond finance manager and 27-year city employee who claims she was punished for exposing corruption at City Hall.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday and first reported by the Contra Costa Times, alleges Plummer has been kept from advancing in her career without raises or promotions since she exposed misdeeds by the second in command at City Hall: Assistant City Manager and Human Resources Director Leslie Knight.
Knight resigned last year following an independent investigation that showed she violated several city policies such as “using a city-provided car while also pocketing a monthly car allowance and misusing public employees and equipment,” the Times reported last year.
Since Knight’s resignation, Plummer told the Times, “everyone is scared to report corruption. Instead, they come to me because they know I’m already in trouble.”
Along with Knight, City Manager Bill Lindsay and two other city employees are named in the suit.
Lindsay told the Times the claims “are without merit” and the city “will defend the lawsuit vigorously.”
A majority of Plummer’s 14-page complaint follows: