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City worker says she was fired because hubby is a biker, seeks reinstatement

Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A lawyer for an employee for the city of Kingman, Ariz., says she was fired in violation of her constitutional right to freedom of association because her husband is a member of a biker club.

Melissa Summerson is now seeking reinstatement through an administrative hearing process, with the help of a Phoenix attorney, David Kresin, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

"She was terminated for the stated reason of her husband's membership in a family motorcycle club—the Desert Roadriders," Kresin said. "There's no allegation that Ms. Summerson personally did anything wrong in her job or engaged in any conduct personally that violated any of the city's rules, and we believe there's no cause for termination as she's been an outstanding employee with a great record for her entire employment."

The city declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper.

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