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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:03 AM

State employee says she was unfairly fired for supporting liberal candidate

A former manager at the Texas Water Development Board is suing the agency, alleging she was fired for voicing support for a liberal Austin City Council candidate even as at least a dozen other employees used state computers to swap conservativeand sometimes racist messages without repercussions.

The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, states at least a dozen development board staff members were regularly sending and receiving emails on their work accounts about political matters unrelated to state water policy. Among 15 pages of emails included in the lawsuit are messages critical of President Barack Obama and disparaging of African-Americans.

One email, from Water Development Board employee Mark Michon to fellow employee Sanjeev Kalaswad, among others, reads: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give the man a welfare check, a forty ounce malt liquor, a crack pipe and some Air Jordans and he votes Democrat for a lifetime.”

The lawsuit states the emails were obtained through an open-records request to the Water Development Board for emails sent to and from the agency’s computers. Agency rules prohibit “any political activity on state time or using state resources for any political activity.”

Much more at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/state-employee-says-she-was-unfairly-fired-for-sup/nTcKW/

This will be an interesting lawsuit to follow.

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patrice Dec 2012 #1

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:10 AM

1. My guess is that's more common than we know, because most folks it happens to don't want

to go to the trouble of legal action and get black-balled to boot.

At will employment is legalized discrimination, so you're right, this will be an interesting lawsuit to follow.

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