A Tennessee mother of two who claims her father was illegally fired from her job has filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the law violates the family’s right to a fair trial.
Karen DeWitt, the father of two, was fired from his job in the state’s nursing home system after her son went missing in March 2016.
The case is now before a grand jury in Knoxville.
According to a statement from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, the lawsuit seeks damages from the state for failing to provide reasonable accommodations to Mr. DeWitz.
The lawsuit also alleges that the state has failed to provide proper care for the father and the child since he was fired.
According the attorney general’s office, DeWitters attorney, Thomas L. Womack, has asked the court to order the state to reimburse the DeWits for all legal fees, costs and expenses incurred by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Industries in defending the suit.
The attorney general said it is the second time in a decade that DeWites attorney has been assigned to represent him.
“This case is about one man, and his rights,” said Lanny Davis, spokesperson for the attorneygeneral’s office.
“We want to protect the rights of the state employees and other Tennesseans, and we want to make sure our state employees are protected and protected in the workplace.”