Extension agent's lawsuit to go to jury trial, judge rules Job transfer to Balto. Co. disputed

February 01, 1993

Maryland Cooperative Extension Service agent Sharon Grobaker will have her lawsuit against her employer heard by a jury, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold ruled Friday.

In denying the extension service's request to have the suit dismissed, Judge Arnold paved the way for Mrs. Grobaker to pursue reinstatement to a Carroll County job she lost when the extension service transferred her to Baltimore County last July 1.

Mrs. Grobaker filed the lawsuit July 14, 1992.

She claims she was wrongfully transferred.

The lawsuit claims that the agency breached Mrs. Grobaker's contract by transferring her.

She had worked as a home economics agent in Carroll County for almost 16 years.

She was transferred when her full-time position was eliminated as part of a plan to cut $3.6 million from the extension service budget.

Mrs. Grobaker exhausted the extension service's appeal process before she filed the lawsuit.

Extension officials had called Mrs. Grobaker's treatment fair.

A trial date has not been set.

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