Phoenix Judge Throws Out Lawsuit By Fired CPS Workers

Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:16am

PHOENIX — A judge has thrown out a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by five former workers of Arizona's child-welfare agency.

The Arizona Republic reported  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig ruled Thursday ruled the five didn't offer a valid claim for what they claimed was a politically motivated firing last year.

Oberbillig also rejected arguments they were entitled to compensation and other relief under common-law exceptions, such as protection from firing if they were carrying out lawful orders from their supervisors.

The five women were at-will state employees, meaning they had few job protections.

They were part of a specialized team formed to help Child Protective Services deal with a mounting backlog of work.

An attorney for the five fired workers says no decision has been made on whether to appeal.

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