Court Rules For City in Former City Attorney Lawsuit

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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s order dismissing claims of harassment and retaliation by a former city attorney.

Colleen Auer had sued the city after she was fired from her job, barely one month after becoming city attorney in the spring of 2014.

She maintained she had been discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against while on the job.

But the appeals court ruled her “harassment allegations were unprotected and her remaining claims are meritless.”

Minot City Manager Tom Barry, who was not a city employee at the time of Auer’s employment and firing, says the whole case was an unnecessary burden to the taxpayers and the city. 

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