Two former employees at the Grundy County Highway Department have filed a federal lawsuit in which they claim Grundy County Roads Commissioner Johnny Ray Fults fired them because they voted for his opponent, Dewayne “Turkey” Hargis,” in the last election.
According to the lawsuit, Fults fired both Stotts and Disheroon on September 4, 2018. Additionally, the suit claims that Stotts, an accountant/bookkeeper, and Disheroon, a secretary, were employees in good standing with no disciplinary actions on their records.
“The plaintiffs were fired from their positions because of their political opposition to the defendant,” states the lawsuit. It further states the firings were un-Constitutional, violating their First Amendment right to free expression.
The lawsuit asks that both women be reinstated in their jobs and be awarded “back-pay, front-pay, additional loss of income and fringe benefits, punitive damages, pre-judgment interest to all amounts awarded,” along with asking that Grundy County pay all legal fees.
Commissioner Fults told the Herald on Tuesday that the dismissal of the two women was not motivated by their support of Hargis.
“Political consideration was not a factor in the decision not to retain Ms. Stotts or Ms. Disheroon,” stated Fults.
Fults says he has no further comments on the lawsuit at this time.
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