Former Union Gap city clerk Kathryn Thompson is suing the city for how she was treated under then-mayor Jim Lemon.
Thompson was fired in 2012. She claims Lemon mistreated her and that he retaliated against her by letting her go.
Thompson is trying to get $2.6 million. But, the judge says she can't decide the case on her own.
"I mean, right now, this is sort of like looking into a very thick milkshake and trying to see the bottom," said Yakima County Superior Court Judge Susan Hahn.
Hahn will now preside over a jury trial. That has not been scheduled.