Stacey Kalberman is the whistleblower who took the state to court and left with a million dollars.She convinced a jury that she lost her job as the state ethics director because she was investigating Gov. Nathan Deal. The jury believed her, but the case isn't over.
Kalberman's deputy, Sherilyn Streicker, is scheduled to begin her trial against the state next week.
Streicker's case won't likely be the last of its kind. There are potentially two more employees from the State Ethics Commission with allegations tied to the deal investigation that may end up taking the state to court.
Ironically, just last week the governor himself spoke about whistleblower protections. Deal says he wants to have a discussion with lawmakers about which state employees should be protected as whistleblowers.
Deal indicated he thinks the definition should be narrowed, in essence lowering the number of state employees that could file ethics complaints.
The governor's spokesperson, Brian Robinson, gave 11Alive further explanation on Thursday saying, "Gov. Deal supports whistleblower protection. He also supports taxpayer protection. The current law gives any employee of an agency that performs investigations whistleblower status even if they are fired for well documented cause."
But other Democrats and watchdog groups say the governor's statements are hypocritical.
"The governor's campaign, according to 12 Fulton County jurors, did something wrong, so you don't change the law to fix the problem you created, you fix the problem," said William Perry of Common Cause Georgia.
Streickers' case against the state also alleges she lost her job because for her efforts to investigate Deal. Her case is set to head to court June 13.