Judge dismissed lawsuit of Former Robert Ficano appointee who sued Wayne County

(WXYZ) - A lawsuit filed by a former appointee of Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano was dismissed today.

James Wallace sued the county last year after he was allegedly fired for refusing to do campaign work on county time.

Wallace's lawyer Deborah Gordon says she believes that the ruling made by U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman was not legally proper.

"I think it is incorrect legally," says Gordon." I think the court adopted the defendants' facts, which under the law they are not supposed to do. They are to view them in best possible favorable light to the plaintiff James Wallace."

The county maintained that it fired Wallace for budget reasons. But Gordon says the evidence shows that there were no layoffs, "… and in fact, they hired people after James was fired."

Wallace was a graphic designer in the county's communication's department.

Wayne County spokesperson June West says the judge made the right ruling.

"We stood our ground on this case because we knew that the allegations were unfounded and the Court's decision today affirmed our position," said West in a written statement."  It's unfortunate that this kind of opportunism ends up costing the County and its taxpayers particularly in very tough economic times."

The county has always maintained that they did not ask him to do campaign work on county time.

Wallace's lawsuit is one of many controversies involving the county. Ficano has been at the center of the firestorm since the 7 Action News Investigators uncovered the $200,000 severance Ficano gave former appointee Turkia Mullin when she voluntarily left her job.

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