A woman who claims she was fired in 2006 from an Iowa home for the disabled after complaining about abuse of residents can have her day in court.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Friday to allow the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Woodward Resource Center employee Terri Rivera.

Rivera says she was fired after telling her supervisor that another employee had abused residents.

The district court had dismissed Rivera's 2008 lawsuit. A judge told Rivera to pursue her claim through a state board. Rivera refiled her lawsuit after the state denied her claim. A judge then said the lawsuit was barred by the two-year statute of limitations.

The high court says the lawsuit can proceed under a provision that extends the filing deadline for "procedural missteps."