Statement from City Attorney Cathy Hampton on Motion to Dismiss in Cochran Employment Suit
Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2015
Thế giới cáStatement from City Attorney Cathy Hampton on Motion to Dismiss in Cochran Employment Suit
ATLANTA – In federal court today, the City of Atlanta presented oral arguments in its Motion to Dismiss claims made by Kelvin Cochran, former Chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, for his termination in late 2014.
Following today’s motion to dismiss hearing, City Attorney Cathy Hampton issued the following statement:
“This lawsuit is not about religious beliefs, nor is it about the First Amendment. Rather, it is an employment matter involving an executive in charge of 1,129 firefighters and tasked to lead by example. Instead of leadership, the former executive failed to follow his employer’s rules for outside employment.
The case is at a very preliminary stage. A Motion to Dismiss examines whether the claims made by a plaintiff are sufficient to move forward or should be dismissed outright.
If any of the claims in this case move past this stage, the City looks forward to presenting all relevant facts, and ultimately will prevail.”
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