Former Monroe County workers settle lawsuit over firing

Former Monroe County workers settle lawsuit over firing

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Seventeen road workers who filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Monroe County government and Road Superintendent Steve Teague reached a $500,000 settlement Thursday.

The workers said their jobs were eliminated on September 1, 2010 because they supported Teague's opponent in the August 2010 county election, according to a news release from law firm Barrett Johnston, LLC.

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They alleged their First Amendment right to political speech was violated by Teague because he retaliated against them for supporting his political opponent.

After three days of trial, the parties reached settlement.

The law firm says it and its clients hope the settlement sends a message to government officials in Tennessee that government workers have the right to participate in elections without fear of retaliation.
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