Worker's challenge to dismissal is thrown out
Darlene Montgomery was terminated by the City of Detroit after it concluded that as a customer service representative, she had made unauthorized adjustments to customer accounts. Montgomery maintained her innocence and argued that the City was both factually wrong in its accusations--resulting in slander and libel--and acting outside its legal authority in terminating her employment.
The Court held that the statute of limitations had run on Montgomery's claim of slander and libel, and that she had failed to plead her way around governmental immunity. The Court also refused to grant relief based on her claim that she should have been allowed to complete discovery before her claim was dismissed: it pointed out that she had no discovery requests pending when the discovery deadline ran, and that in any event, the facts she hoped to establish would not have provided a way around the statute of limitations defense.