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Recent Developments in Missouri Regarding Employment Practices

A Missouri court ruled that a charity could be sued by a bookkeeper who was dismissed as a result of her reporting financial improprieties by her supervisor.

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Key point. Churches that dismiss an employee for reporting financial improprieties may be liable for wrongful dismissal.

A Missouri court ruled that a charity could be sued by a bookkeeper who was dismissed as a result of her reporting financial improprieties by her supervisor. A bookkeeper became aware that her supervisor was engaged in a number of financial improprieties, including (1) stealing money from his employer; (2) charging personal expenses to his employer and not paying these charges back; (3) keeping some of the cash sent to his employer in the mail; and (4) obtaining reimbursements for travel expenses that were never incurred. She reported her findings to a member of the charity's personnel committee who told her to "get more evidence." She continued to gather evidence, and spoke with two other members of the personnel committee. She was later dismissed. The reason for ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • November 1, 1999