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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Settlement in civil suit against Bringer pending

  • A civil court suit filed by a Lynn Helbing, legal secretary for the 10th Circuit Court for 20 years, against Judge Rachel Bringer, could be settled soon.


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  • A civil court suit filed by a Lynn Helbing, legal secretary for the 10th Circuit Court for 20 years, against Judge Rachel Bringer, could be settled soon.
    According to Chet Pleban, the St. Louis attorney hired by Lynn Helbing, who worked for the 10th Judicial court for 20 years, said an administrative hearing was originally scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Pike County Courthouse in Bowling Green.
    “We have continued that, pending the completion of a settlement document,” Pleban said. “We have reached an agreement in principle, but we need to prepare the documents necessary to solidify the agreement. If for some reason the settlement that was reached in principle goes south on us for whatever reason, then of course there would be a hearing. We’re not waiving any right that we have the hearing in the event that the settlement doesn’t come to fruition.”
    Helbing charges that Bringer created a hostile work environment beginning shortly after Bringer was sworn into office on Dec. 30, 2010, and subsequently fired Helbing without notice on May 27, 2011. Helbing claims the problems began after Bringer, a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives and private attorney, was appointed circuit judge. In the suit, Helbing accuses Bringer of berating and criticizing her repeatedly, falsely accusing her of misconduct and for treating her “as if she could do nothing right” until finally Helbing had to take a medical leave in mid February due to a deterioration of her physical and mental health.
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