Chattanooga attorney Thomas E. LeQuire secured a dismissal in a case against his client, Bradley County, in an opinion released last Friday. The plaintiff was a corrections officer who had been fired from the sheriff’s office after he boarded a bus to confront a man who had supposedly been harassing his daughter. After an investigation and review, he was terminated from the sheriff’s office.
The plaintiff, a black man, sued the sheriff, another employee, and the county for racial discrimination, breach of an employment contract, and several other alleged violations of his federal and state employment rights. The court had previously dismissed the claims against the individuals, and certain other claims had been withdrawn. The case was fully dismissed last Friday when the court found the plaintiff had no contract of employment and that one claim had been filed outside the statute of limitations.
Tom is a senior partner at Spicer Rudstrom, concentrating his practice primarily in local government liability defense, including GTLA claims, federal civil rights claims, and general tort liability defense, particularly in serious personal injury cases. He is the Managing Attorney of the firm’s Chattanooga office.