Luman case in closed session

monocourthouse2008According to an order issued by Mono Superior Court Judge Stan Eller, Mono County has to put Dick Luman back to work on May 19th, thirty days from the decision. When the Supervisors meet Tuesday, their lawyers will meet in closed session with them on the Luman case.

Mr. Luman had worked for Mono County Road Department as a mechanic for 15 years. He was fired at the end of 2011 for making a threatening statement during an altercation with his Road Supervisor. He appealed that decision and two out of three Personnel Appeal Board members upheld his termination. Luman went on to Superior Court to appeal the firing.

In April, Judge Eller issued a decision that Luman made a threat of violence but the Judge’s order said “The most extreme form of penalty, termination of employment, was grossly excessive” in view of the law. The Judge ordered Mono County to reinstate Luman with all pay, benefits, seniority and more.

The Judge’s order had also provided Luman with a new penalty hearing that would result in something less than termination. The order says if a penalty is imposed on Luman for his statements made to his supervisor, the amount should be deducted from his back pay. The Judge’s order entitles him to pay from the time of his termination in December of 2011 until his reinstatement.

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Trevor P.
Trevor P.
8 years ago

Jim Leddy, are you listening….

I wonder
I wonder
8 years ago

I wonder if the BOS will look at upper management ? That’s where things start.

Kidding right?
Kidding right?
8 years ago
Reply to  I wonder

Mono County pays no attention to how departments are run. The Sheriff’s Department is proof of that! They do nothing about harassment, strong arm tactics, bullying, and downright making up lies to cover their wrong doings. Supplemental reports are produced to cover up issues. This has been going on for… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

The man made a threat of violence against another employee. Regardless of the circumstances that ought to get you fired. Period. If someone makes a threat, is not fired and later makes good on their threat, then management has failed. In this case I think both employees should have been… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

You might consider that you do not know all of the facts. BK

Mammothite
Mammothite
8 years ago

Desert Tortoise, Did you even consider reading the initial reports on Sierra Wave of this incident. Once again you pontificate about something that you know little or nothing at all about. Please don’t ever show up for jury duty! Luman was the victim and his boss was the instigator. This… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Mammothite

Number one, your opinion of me is of no concern to me at all. Maybe I don’t have such a high opinion of you either. Number two, I am quite aware his boss picked a fight with him. That does not excuse threats of violence. Both people should be fired… Read more »

Mammothite
Mammothite
8 years ago

It looks like the word Forgiveness is not in your vocabulary.

What a sad person you must be.

Witness
Witness
8 years ago

Oh you are right concerned citizen, every day they mess around is another day of pay owed to Mr. Luman plus the maximum interest rate of 10 percent in California! Not to mention the tax payers are paying for this county counsel to be this incompetent! What have these closed… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen
8 years ago

I agree with Mammothite the wild card is the county counsel. I do not understand how the BOS has not figured out that they spin all these cases to cover their own butts. They give poor advice and are never held accountable for it. The BOS should sit in on… Read more »

Mammothite
Mammothite
8 years ago

It will be very interesting to see if the BOS doubles down on stupid regarding this case. If they are smart, they will put Mr. Luman back to work and call it a wash, as Luman has suffered enough already. The wild card is County Counsel. In order to save… Read more »