DAVID JONES, ET AL. v. CITY OF UNION CITY, TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 17, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Anne Hunter Williams, Heather Moore Collins, Brentwood, Tennessee, and Michael L. Russell, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellants, David Jones, Randy O’Dell, and Ashley Thompson Merrill.

Attorneys 2:

Pamela G. Vawter and Michael R. Hill, Milan, Tennessee, for the appellee, City of Union City, Tennessee.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves three former police officers who were terminated from their employment with the Union City Police Department. They filed this lawsuit claiming that they were terminated solely for refusing to remain silent about illegal activities, in violation of the Tennessee Public Protection Act, Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-304. The trial court granted summary judgment to the City, concluding that Plaintiffs failed to establish an exclusive causal relationship between their refusal to remain silent and their discharge and that the City terminated Plaintiffs for rational and non-pretextual reasons. We affirm.

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