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Montana News

Feb 9, 2013 9:16 PM by Lindsey Gordon (Helena)

Former MT DES employee sues for wrongful termination

Monique Lay, the former public information officer at Montana Disaster & Emergency Services (DES), has filed a lawsuit against multiple agencies and individuals, including the State of Montana Department of Military Affairs.

In court documents, Lay claims wrongful discharge, actual malice, and bad faith action by defendants for terminating her employment and refusing to hire her for other positions after nearly 22 years of employment.

This was after she complained about favoritism given by DES Chief of Staff Paul Grimstad to another employee in exchange for sex.

Defendants in this suit include the State of Montana Department of Military Affairs and the Disaster & Emergency Services Division.

Now-Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, is included as a defendant with Erv Kent for their official capacities with the State Montana Military Affairs Department.

Ed Tinsley, Paul Grimstad, and Jessica Davies are also being sued in their official capacities with Disasters and Emergency Services.

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