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Lawsuit claims Forrest County officer fired because he is gay

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Sheriff's Department is now at the center of a lawsuit brought on by a former employee, who says his firing was because of his sexual orientation.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court by the ACLU, claims the sheriff's department fired corrections officer Andre Cooley after discovering he was gay.

Listed as defendants in the suit are Sheriff Billy McGee, Chief of Corrections Charles Bolton and Staff Sergeant of jail operations Donnell Brannon.

The suit claims the firing violated Cooley's fourteenth amendment right to equal protection and due process in the termination. 

To view the entire complaint by the ACLU click on the link below.

http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/2010-10-18-CooleyComplaint.pdf

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