Ex-Pontotoc workers sue, claiming age bias

By NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – Two fired female employees sued Pontotoc County this week, claiming age discrimination.
Mildred Fitzpatrick, 51, and Martha J. Foster, 65, worked for the chancery clerk’s office until their dismissals Sept. 10 allegedly with authorization from the Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors.
Defendants Gary Moorman, chancery clerk, and the supervisors have yet to respond to the lawsuit. The women claim they were fired and replaced by young employees and that their one year contracts were breached.
They also claim two younger employees were fired at the same time “to give the false impression that there was no age discrimination.”
Through their attorney, Jim Waide of Tupelo, Fitzpatrick and Foster ask for reinstatement of their jobs and attorneys fees.
They also ask to amend their complaint to include breach of contract, when it can be added under state law.