- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) - The city of Tupelo is opposing a former municipal court bailiff’s request to a federal judge for five years of future pay or for a return to her job.

In September, a federal court jury awarded Latisha Mitchell $65,000 in damages against the city for discrimination. The jury found the city had mishandled her employment after she was injured on the job and later terminated her because she filed complaints.

Mitchell’s attorney Jim Waide asked the court for five years front pay based on the difference between the $43,128 she was making as a bailiff and the $13,000 she currently makes as a teacher assistant. The amount would be about $150,000

In a response filed Monday with the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, the city argues Mitchell should be awarded no more than two years pay and at a much lower salary scale.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1oQUwll ) the city argues that Mitchell has not qualified with a sidearm since 2009 and is not qualified to be a bailiff. The city said any damages should be based on the light duty desk clerk position Mitchell was qualified to do with her injuries. That job pays $27,766 annually.

The city argues Mitchell should only be entitled to two years of front pay, at the most. Using the amended figures, the city said Mitchell should get no more than $30,128 in front pay.

No date has been set for a hearing on the motions.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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