Moses claims wrongful termination; seeks $1 million

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By Susan Sharp

Former Campbell County Animal Control Officer George Moses may have lost his job, but he is not going quietly.

On Friday, Moses filed a $1 million lawsuit against the county and County Mayor William Baird.

Moses is claiming he was unjustly terminated in mid- June because he is a “whistleblower.”

The filing says Moses served as the county’s animal control officer for nearly four years prior to being injured while on the job. After several months of medical leave, Moses returned to work. During his absence area animal advocate Betty Crumley was named as the supervisor of animal control.

When Moses returned to work at the shelter, Crumley had him performing tasks termed as embarrassing in the suit. Crumley asked Moses to sweep the grounds, cut weeds and “other similar tasks” even though he was certified as an animal control officer, according to the circuit court filing. It was also upon his return Moses saw “extensive illegal activity,” the suit alleges. Moses then reported these alleged activities to the county attorney, he claims in the six-figure lawsuit.

In the meantime, Moses also secured legal representation for his work related injuries.

Despite “diligently” performing his job, Moses was fired within two months of returning to work at the shelter, the suit says. He claims there was not a reason for Baird to terminate him. While Baird said his dismissal was because of preexisting restrictions, Moses disputes that. Instead, Moses asserts the only restriction he has is a 20-percent disability that is military related.

Moses claims in the filing the underlying reason for his firing was his pending worker’s compensation claim and his “reporting of wrongful actions.”  

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