Magistrate Orders Rogers Aldermen To Settlement Conference
Officials: Order Violates Freedom Of Information Act
Posted: October 4, 2013 at 5 a.m.
An order by a federal court magistrate means city officials may break state law, an attorney said Thursday.
At A Glance
Jerry Hudlow was fired from his job as chief financial officer of Rogers by Mayor Greg Hines in May 2012. Hudlow filed a wrongful termination suit, stating he was the appointed and as such could only be terminated by a vote of the City Council. He later modified the suit to add whistleblower status to his suit.
Hudlow asked for damages as a result of loss of income and benefits; damages for humiliation, pain, suffering, emotional distress and loss of reputation; punitive damages; and reasonable attorney’s fees.
City officials denied the claims, stating Hudlow was a department head and Hines had the authority to dismiss him. Officials also noted Arkansas is a right-to-work state and an employee can be fired at any time without stating why the termination is necessary.
Source: Staff Report
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