Turkia Mullin sues for health care benefits she says Wayne County owes

Mullin claims Wayne County owes her health, life insurance benefits

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DETROIT - Turkia Mullin claims she was greatly wronged in the aftermath of her getting a $200,000 severance from Wayne County to take a job at the Wayne County Airport Authority.

The county, of course, doesn't see it that way.

Now, Mullin is suing for health care benefits that she says the county owes her. The lawsuit reads, "after a political firestorm caused Mullin to lose her next position as the Wayne County Airport CEO in October 2011, Mullin was left without life or health insurance for her and her minor children."

She lashed back at county Executive Robert Ficano and his administration.

"Wayne County acted in bad faith and with malice it denied Mullin's application because it knew that she met the requirements for a lifetime," the lawsuit reads.

Mullin goes on to say, "Wayne County will be unjustly enriched at Mullin's expense if this court does not enforce Wayne County's promises ... Wayne County's actions were and are intentional and in reckless disregard of Mullin's family's health and well being."

The county's version of the story is that Mullin was five days shy of the full eight years she needed to qualify for the benefits which the county has since stopped for new employees.

Wayne County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak talked about the lawsuit Thursday afternoon.

"Nothing surprises me at this point involving the people who were at the heart of all of the beginning of the problems that Wayne County is facing," he said. "So I'm not surprised and I think there will be great public opposition to it."

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