- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Five former Arizona child welfare workers who were fired last year amid an agency scandal are appealing a judge’s ruling that threw out their wrongful termination lawsuit.

The filing Thursday asks the state Court of Appeals to overturn Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig’s May decision dismissing their case.

The ex-Child Protective Services employees argued they were fired to provide political cover to then-Gov. Jan Brewer and Clarence Carter, who headed the Department of Economic Security.

The state argued they were at-will employees and could be fired at any time for any reason.

Oberbillig ruled state law allowed their firings even if they were scapegoats for others’ actions.

The November 2013 discovery that thousands of hotline calls were labeled as not worthy of being investigated rocked the state agency.

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