- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that Washington County officials and employees don’t have immunity from a lawsuit alleging retaliation and civil rights violations.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ZzMyQZ ) reports that an employee with the county’s road department, George Braswell, filed the lawsuit, saying he was punished for speaking out when he told supervisors and others about bridge construction flaws.

The defendants filed a motion to have the case thrown out, saying they have qualified immunity from being sued.

U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks denied all but one claim of the motion Wednesday. Brooks said Braswell presented sufficient evidence that he suffered from adverse employment action.

Brooks also ruled that the case should go to a jury. His ruling was immediately appealed, and the case was put on hold.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com

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