At 1:30 on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the interlocutory appeal of Community Care Center of Aberdeen v. Mary Arnetta Barrentine.
Mary Barrentine was employed as a registered nurse at Community Care Center of Aberdeen. She was fired on May 4, 2011, for failing to report suspected abuse of residents by a co-employee. Two days earlier she had been reprimanded for the conduct at which point she contacted a state omsbudsman about her suspicions and admitted to the omsbudsman that she had not reported her suspicions to her employer. Barrentine filed suit against CCCofA on November 15, 2012. CCCofA moved for summary judgment on several grounds including the one year statute of limitations for non-written employment contracts. Barrentine argued that a tort for wrongful termination in violation of Mississippi’s public policy exception to the employment at-will doctrine is governed by a three-year statute of limitations. The trial court denied the motion. . CCCofA filed for permission for an interlocutory appeal which was granted.
CCCof A brief.
CCCofA rebuttal brief.
Watch the argument here