Federal lawsuit claims Grundy Co. Road Commissioner fired employees for 'wrong' votes
Two former employees at the Grundy County Highway Department claim in a federal lawsuit that the current road commissioner, Johnny Ray Fults, fired them because they voted for his opponent in the last election.
Plaintiffs Mary Ann Stotts and Hearlene A. Disheroon are asking for $500,000 in damages, citing lost pay, emotional damages and humiliation.
The suit claims Fults fired both Stotts and Disheroon on September 4th, 2018. Stotts was an accountant/bookkeeper and Disheroon was a secretary. The suit claims that at the time of their termination, they were employees in good standing who had not been disciplined before.
The suit says both women were supporters of Fults' election opponent, Hubert Hargis. The lawsuit says, "The plaintiffs were fired from their positions because of their political opposition to the defendant," and says 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.
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