Sheehan, who has worked at the banking commissioner's office since 2008, was appointed one of two deputies last year. The legal filing names Sheehan and the office of the banking commissioner. A spokeswoman for Sheehan and the agency said Wednesday neither would comment on the pending litigation.
"Coming from someone occupying such a senior position in the office that regulates
Oldham's petition for a contested case claims Sheehan on her own or at the direction of higher authorities "began a concerted, deliberate effort to remove substantial numbers of employees" from the agency's workforce. More than one employee was driven to quit, he says.
He claims that Sheehan used the "guise of unsatisfactory job performance" to further her goal to get rid of employees with whom she had become dissatisfied. Sheehan directed Oldham to take unwarranted disciplinary action against some of the workers he supervised, improperly or illegally pressuring them to abandon their careers, the petition says.
When he protested in April, Oldham says, Sheehan issued a written warning to him threatening to discharge him. Two days after that, the petition says, Sheehan attended a meeting of Oldham's subordinates and told them she was "through talking" with them about her complaints, and that they could "go home and decide if this was the job for you or not."
Sheehan also told the workers they could call her "Mean Molly" and file grievances if they wanted.
In May, Oldham complained about Sheehan to the state personnel office. The next month Sheehan gave him another written warning, and threatened to fire him, the petition says.
Oldham filed the petition to head off what he contends is Sheehan's and the department's intention to further retaliate against him. He is also seeking unspecified damages, tripled under the whistleblower protection.
Sheehan had an extensive career in the banking industry in
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