Lee County man wins lawsuit and wants his job back

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20 at 8:10 a.m.

Lee County is challenging a fired employee's request to return to his old job.

According to Tri-State Public Radio, Rick Carter filed a motion in district court to get his old job back with full salary, benefits and seniority.

This after a jury ruled he was wrongfully fired from the county.

Lee County is requesting a hearing to prevent rehiring Carter and plans to file motions asking the judge to rule on the case instead of accepting the jury's ruling.

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One Lee County resident wants his job back. After winning a lawsuit against Lee County, Rick Carter filed a motion to return to his old job.

Carter was the Lee County maintenance and safety director until he was terminated in 2010.

"The jury returned a verdict in favor of he have been fired in violation of the whistle-blower's statute. So the code allows now that the court can order that he be given his job back," Carter's attorney, Curt Dial said.

Carter filed a lawsuit against the county for wrongful termination. A Lee County jury decided this was true under a whistle-blower's statute. Now, Carter is looking to get his life back to normal.

"I always felt that I never should have lost my job. I mean if anything, I felt I should have gotten a bonus for what I did. I have no reason not to think that I should get my job back," Carter said.

Carter and Dial filed a motion for reinstatement to his old job. According to Dial, the next step is to have a judge set a hearing.

Lee County Supervisor Gary Folluo says Carter's former position has changed since his termination.

"We have rearranged the maintenance department. It is no longer under the jurisdiction of the board of supervisors, but is now under the auditors direction," Folluo said.

When asked why he wants his job back, Carter says because he was good at it. He says most of the people involved in his wrongful termination are no longer in the picture.

"Those people, part of them people are gone already. And I never had any problem with the people of Lee County," Carter said.

The Lee County board of supervisors has a closed session meeting Tuesday. They will discuss how to handle Carter's filing for reinstatement.