Tupelo Airport seeks dismissal of Anderson lawsuit

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Tupelo Regional Airport officials have asked a federal judge in Oxford to throw out a job discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by former airport executive director Terry Anderson is scheduled for trial on April 8.

WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the airport board argues it had legitimate reasons to fire Anderson in December of 2009.

Anderson has claimed he was a victim of age discrimination. He says the board violated his First Amendment rights by terminating him for speaking to the media regarding a runway extension.

The board says in documents filed Monday that Anderson lied when confronted about who gave information to news media about a runway expansion.

The board also denies the firing was not over Anderson’s age. Anderson was 64 at the time he was fired.