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Woman running for public office claims wrongful termination

The former administrative secretary of Precinct 3 is accusing the county and the commissioner of causing her to lose her job unjustly. The Texas woman claims she suffered a wrongful termination as an act of retaliation because she tried to run for Justice of the Peace in another precinct. She alleges that during the five years that she was employed in Precinct 3, she did not have any performance issues. Prior to that position, she claims that she performed well in other capacities serving the county.

When the plaintiff originally discussed the idea of running for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 8, she says that her supervisor was supportive of the idea. Sometime later, he purportedly sought to have her change her mind. To be on the safe side, the plaintiff says she took a leave while she campaigned, even though there were no laws which prevented her from running for public office while employed by the county.

She lost the election and sought to return to her employment position, only to discover she had been fired. She claims that she campaigned on personal time, though her supervisor allegedly fired her for not fulfilling her job duties. When she asked for details to back up the reason for letting her go, she claims that none were forthcoming.

Ultimately, the plaintiff voluntarily resigned because she did not want to have a termination on her permanent employment record. She subsequently filed the legal claim against Jefferson County and her supervisor, citing a wrongful termination based on retaliation. The Texas woman is seeking legal costs as well as actual and punitive damages in her civil court claim.

Source:, "Woman who ran for office sues over improper termination", Carol Ostrow, March 25, 2015

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