POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A central Florida government worker claims she was fired because she reported sexual misconduct between two of her co-workers. Alisha Rupp, who worked as a judicial assistant at the Polk County Courthouse, read a prepared statement to explain why she was fired earlier this month.
Rupp, who worked as a judicial
"'I complained about bailiff Bubba Maxcy that [he said] if I had ever reported what I had seen or witnessed," Rupp paused and then
Rupp held the news conference two weeks after the county fired her, alleging she falsified time sheets – something she denied. Rupp even cleared it with the judge she directly works for, and the judge was convinced her time was accounted for properly.
"Alisha went through with Judge (Beth) Harlan everything she did those days in question. [The judge
Rupp also claimed she knew of the alleged sexual misconduct since late 2011 but only reported it after she
"I loved my job and was immensely proud of the work I did for her," said Rupp of the years she spent with Harlan.
Rupp's lawyer admitted that his client failed to show up to a hearing set up by Chief Judge William Smith to investigate the allegations because she felt it would do her no good. Rupp has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for wrongful termination.
No lawsuit has been officially filed. A county spokesperson told Eyewitness News that both