Tupelo airport lawsuit to be separated

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

Separate cases have been ordered for two former Tupelo Regional Airport administrators who sued after they lost their jobs.
Former airport Executive Director Terry Anderson and former Operations Manager Reid Dawe together filed a federal suit in January, alleging that their rights were violated under the First and 14th Amendments as well as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Both men also filed discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Anderson was fired in December 2009 after the board said it had lost confidence in him. Dawe resigned last October, but said he was forced to take a pay cut and pressured into quitting.
Each men’s case now will be heard separately. The current case will be closed and new filings will be made, with separate trial dates determined later.

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