AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PARISH OF JEFFERSON from Anne Marie Vandenweghe, Citizen
It is interesting to note that the law firm of Phelps Dunbar is appearing on behalf of the Parish of Jefferson and ALL NAMED RESPONDENTS in the Whistle blower lawsuit I filed recently.
Since when does the Parish defend PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS?
And if the Parish does represent private individuals why am I not afforded the same protection? Surely my whistle blowing is of greater worth to the Parish than the corrupt behavior of the person/persons on whom I have blown the whistle.
All actions taken by the individual defendants in this suit were designed to protect themselves for not doing their job or for covering up violations of Parish laws, rules or regulations.
All actions taken by me were designed to expose same yet I am not supplied with outside counsel.
Under what premise is Phelps Dunbar representing ALL NAMED RESPONDENTS?
Are they representing them for their potentially criminal behavior? For their Civil Rights violations?
Defending the indefensible racist, sexist, corrupt behaviors of long-time Parish employees brings to mind the case of Jefferson Parish employee and Plaintiff, Mr. Simon, and his co-employee, Kerlec. Mr. Simon’s anti-Semitism case recently was settled by the Parish after 5 long and presumably expensive years. The Parish employee Kerlec was known to and did in fact violate Mr. Simon’s rights but Clem Donelon with the assistance of the Blue Williams law firm represented the Parish and fought the repeatedly victimized Mr. Simon for 5 years to protect Kerlec defending the indefensible.
The individuals should have to mount their own defense and not get to use my tax dollars to fight me when they created the problem in the first place.
Whose side is the Parish on anyway? That of the racist, sexist, corrupt bureaucrats or that of the conscientious employee who follows the mandate in the Parish Charter and Parish promulgated rules and regulations to report violations of Parish law?
If this matter and the Kerlec case are any indication it appears the Parish has chosen to defend the indefensible against the employee who follows the rules.What a message to send.
And since that is the chosen path then REPEAL all requirements/obligations to report violations or suspected violations.
You cannot have your cake and eat it too. The days of saying one thing to create the impression that the Parish has policies to protect employees who fulfill their obligation under Parish law to report violations, while on the other hand launching a full fledged attack on that same employee must end. And the defense of individuals who wield their power to subvert the system must stop.
Say what you mean and mean what you say and STOP USING MY TAX DOLLARS TO PROTECT VIOLATORS OF PARISH LAW.