Judge hears arguments on Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger firing of employees
A case involving Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger was before a judge Monday morning as lawyers for the clerk made a case for the firing of several employees.
Spranger allegedly questioned an employee about where her loyalties would lie if grievances had to be filed. Four employees were sent home.
A judge ruled that Spranger violated the National labor Relations Act. Part of the decision included a stipulation that a notice stating that Spranger would basically obey the law and not harass employees was to be posted in the office.
The notice was posted Oct. 13. and surveillance video shows Register of Deeds Jackie Ryan covered the notice later that day with a poster.
The notice was back on display three days later and surveillance video shows Spranger covering it up with another poster.
Spranger is appealing the decision.
The order temporarily allowed the four employees to return to work. An attorney for Spranger argued that she should be able to manage her office.
The judge agreed with the lower court's decision.
Full coverage of Karen Spranger
March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel
June 28, 2017: Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed
Sept. 22, 2017: Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight
Sept. 28, 2017: Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case
Oct. 25, 2017: Spranger caught on video covering up court order
Nov. 9, 2017: Spranger fails to meet judges' backlog deadline
Nov. 21, 2017: Union files motion to hold Spranger in contempt of court
Nov. 29, 2017: Contempt of court hearing held for Spranger
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger appears before Board of Commissioners
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger grilled over massive backlog in her office
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