HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has supported an arbitrator's decision that a former Holland City Clerk should be given her job back with backpay.
Jennifer French was fired in 2006 after the City claimed she lied about living in the City of Holland. French had registered to vote and claimed a Principal Residence property tax exemption on a home in Holland. But the City and State found she was really living with her family in Douglas.
The case initially went before an arbitrator, who ruled in French's favor and ordered the City to give her her job back and pay her backpay.
The City appealed to the Ottawa County Circuit Court, which overturned the arbitration ruling and sent it back for a second round of arbitration. A second arbitrator found in favor of the City.
French appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, which issued a ruling Tuesday. The court found the circuit court was wrong to overturn the first arbitration ruling, and said the initial ruling in favor of French should be re-instated.
The City can appeal the ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court.
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