Rob Turner's wrongful termination case headed to mediation
The federal wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former human resources director Carolyn Filippone against Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner is heading to mediation.
This is standard procedure in federal cases. It doesn't mean the case is heading toward a resolution, but it does indicate the lawsuit is proceeding.
It would also seem unlikely that much will come from the session, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday before mediator Peter Grilli, with Turner poised to leave office after four terms in January. If so, the lawsuit may land in the lap of incoming Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, who undoubtedly would like to resolve it quickly so as not to have it lingering over the office.
Filippone was fired in May as the Tampa Bay Times was preparing a story about a sexual discrimination complaint she had filed against Turner that had recently been dismissed. The story revealed that Turner had sent a number of pornographic emails to Filippone, a woman he acknowledged he had dated while she worked for him.
The story ran as Turner was seeking reelection. He was subsequently defeated in the Republican primary by state Sen. Ronda Storms, who was then defeated by Henriquez, a Democrat, in the November general election.