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Thu., Dec. 16, 2010, 7:52 a.m.

Judge sides with Lowe in proposed decision

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush's preliminary ruling in favor of fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe on a key point underpinning her wrongful-firing lawsuit, her argument that she wasn't an "at-will" employee who could be dismissed without cause, as the state alleges.

Lowe contends her firing came because she tried to scale back a big contract with politically well-connected firms; that she was fired without cause and without being allowed a hearing; and that she was discriminated against because she's female. She was the first woman to head the Idaho Transportation Department; she's since been replaced by a man who's being paid $22,000 a year more than she made.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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