- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - Five former Vidalia city employees have accused the town’s new mayor of firing them for supporting his opponent’s re-election.

The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/2cv8HT4 ) reports that the lawsuit was filed earlier this month against the city and Mayor Buz Craft.

Four of the five plaintiffs were hired during former mayor Hyram Copeland’s tenure and campaigned for Copeland this past spring. The lawsuit says Craft terminated the five employees after taking office.

The plaintiffs say their campaigning for Copeland was a matter of free speech and their firings were the result of unconstitutional political retaliation.

Craft declined to comment to the newspaper about the lawsuit Wednesday.


Information from: Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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