October 02, 2006
We Have Some Good News, and Some Bad News
The town of Huntington, Arkansas (pop. 688), won the breach of contract case filed against it by its former police chief -- but lost the chief’s wrongful termination suit because it fired him in retaliation for bringing it.
After the Huntington Town Council decided to stop letting Chief Robert Mikles use a city vehicle for his personal use, Mikles sued. The Council fired Mikles. The Arkansas Court of Appeals held that refusing to let him use a city vehicle was not breach of Mikles’s contract, but that the Council acted improperly when it fired him in retaliation for the lawsuit.
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