Miss. high court reverses Lee County repayment case

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme has thrown out a verdict against accountant Mignon Willis, who had been ordered to pay her former employer more than $185,000 for failing to perform her responsibilities.

A jury in Lee County in 2010 awarded Rehab Solutions of Tupelo $133,574 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages.

Willis, the former mayor of Cherokee, Ala., was hired as an accountant in 2003 and was accused of failing to pay bills and taxes owed by the company, resulting in state officials placing a tax lien on the business.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Willis was an at-will employee and Willis’ negligence didn’t give Rehab grounds to sue her.

The court said the only option for Rehab was to fire Willis which it did not do.