The woman who blew the whistle on a prominent Portland lawyer accused of stealing money from his clients and firm said she was fired from the firm as a result of her actions.
Ellie Rommel was employed as John Duncan’s secretary when he was a partner at the law firm of Verrill Dana. She said she reported what she thought was questionable behavior by Duncan.
Duncan has since been fired from the firm after nearly 30 years.
Rommel told News 8 that she struggled over whether she should tell others what she knew.
"If I had to do it again, I know I would do it,” she said. “But I never dreamt it would be so difficult, so painful."
According to Rommel, she was wrongfully terminated at Verrill Dana after blowing the whistle on Duncan. She said she now plans to file a lawsuit against the firm.
Her attorney also is filing a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission.
A representative of Verrill Dana told News 8 that the firm appreciates Rommel “for bringing the situation to their attention” but added that the facts clearly show that Rommel was not fired.