On January 20, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Ford v. Minneapolis Public Schools determining that the statute of limitations to bring a reporting claim under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act, Statute 181.932, subd. 1(1) was six years. Prior to this ruling, for over twenty years, Minnesota courts had applied a two-year statute of limitations period for such claims.
Christopher Kuhlman of Kuhlman Law represented Yvette Ford in the case. Ms. Ford had made multiple reports of theft, misappropriation of public funds, and reported other incidents of corruption by several supervisors and employees within the school district. After each report, Ford was retaliated against and ultimately her position was eliminated.
This win for Kuhlman Law’s client not only will give Ms. Ford her day in court, but also changed the law in Minnesota for the better, allowing employees in Minnesota who blow the whistle on illegal activity and suffer demotions or termination additional time to pursue their legal claims.