Labor and Employment

Judge dismisses former in-house counsel's suit against county


A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Siskiyou County by its former in-house county counsel.

Thomas Guarino had claimed the county and other defendants did not follow proper procedures in removing him from office after another in-house lawyer accused him in 2011 of creating a hostile work environment, the Siskiyou Daily News reports.

An earlier Siskiyou Daily News article provides additional details about Guarino’s claims against the county, which included breach of contract, defamation, violation of his First Amendment rights, retaliation and violation of labor laws.

Judge Leslie Nichols dismissed the case against all defendants on May 21, ruling that Guarino had failed to plead sufficient facts to support his claims, the newspaper reports.

The article does not include any comment from Guarino. His lawyer, William Duncan, declined to discuss the case with the newspaper or say whether an appeal is planned.

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