Trials & Litigation

Ex-administrator sues attorney grievance commission, says he was fired after reporting illegal email

A former longtime administrator has filed a whistleblower suit against the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, contending that he was fired after reporting illegal email sent by subordinates.

Filed Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, the suit by Robert Agacinski also names the chief justice of the state supreme court as a defendant, reports the Detroit Free Press.

It contends that Agacinski was fired, after 14 years with the commission, once he told the commission chair that subordinates had sent profane and derogatory email that he believed violated the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and commission computer-use policies.

“The people who regulate unlawful conduct are not free from regulation themselves,” said attorney Joel Sklar, who represents Agacinski. “The litigation seeks to hold people accountable, if in fact there was a violation of the law.”

A spokesman for the supreme court said it had unanimously agreed to fire Agacinski, but otherwise declined comment.

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