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Former Joplin redevelopment worker files lawsuit

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Christine Bryant Christine Bryant
David Wallace David Wallace
Costa Bajjali Costa Bajjali
A former worker of Joplin's now defunct master redeveloper files a lawsuit, alleging fraud and breach of contract.  Christine Bryant, the former project coordinator for Wallace Bajjali, says her work with the company amounted to severe emotional distress.

Bryant says her reputation and future employment opportunities have been strongly impacted, and may result in future loss of income.

Bryant says she traveled to Texas after David Wallace offered her a new position of manager of investor relations at Wallace Bajjali's headquarters in Sugar Land.  Bryant says part of a contract included a yearly salary of $100 thousand, and should her contract be terminated, she would receive three months severance pay.  But that termination would require 30 days notice.

Bryant says she never received anything before she was terminated from the company.

Bryant adds that despite financial reassurances from David Wallace, she learned there was not enough money to pay employees for "some time."  Bryant alleges David Wallace knew about this financial difficulty.  Bryant says the company's health insurance was unpaid and had been canceled, and rent for the company's Sugar Land office had been late.

Furthermore, Bryant says David Wallace did not permission to offer her a job contract in the first place without permission from Costa Bajjali, co-founder of Wallace Bajjali.

Bryant is suing both David Wallace and the Wallace Bajjali company as a whole for financial difficulties and attorney fees.  

We did talk to Bryant by phone today.  However, she did not want our conversation to be on the record.

Click here for Bryant's full lawsuit.

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