- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the town by a former municipal employee.

The Berkshire Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1QyrAe4 ) Monday that the U.S. District Court judge’s ruling in Scott Muir’s lawsuit can be appealed by May 4.

Muir, of Stockbridge, was terminated from his two positions in March 2014, shortly after a jury acquitted him on sexual assault charges.

The town suspended Muir without pay following his April 2012 arrest. Muir was paid $83,000 in back pay and benefits and reinstated on paid administrative leave after the acquittal.

Muir’s lawsuit claimed the town violated his 14th Amendment due-process civil rights by declining to restore him to his positions.

The town argued that Muir wasn’t entitled to federal due-process protection because he was an “at will” employee.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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