Former Upshur County employee files federal lawsuit against county, leaders
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:22am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:22am
UPSHUR COUNTY — A former Upshur County employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, the juvenile probation department and four individuals, alleging his constitutional rights were violated and that he was retaliated against.
Richard Tucker filed the lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler earlier this month.
The suit names the county, the juvenile probation department that formerly employed him, District Judge Lauren Parish, County Judge Dean Fowler, former Interim County Judge Jim Bowling and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer William McGee as individuals and in their professional capacities.
In his lawsuit, Tucker claims he was retaliated against for speaking out on “matters of public concern and for pursuing his right to freedom of association.” He was fired Aug. 31 after working for the juvenile probation office since June 2007. Tucker is seeking back pay, reinstatement or front pay, restoration of lost benefits, compensatory damages and statutory attorney’s fees.