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Expelled Arizona lawmaker cannot claim wrongful termination

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 14:56:20-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Republican who became the first state lawmaker in the U.S. expelled after the emergence of the #MeToo movement cannot claim wrongful termination for his ouster by the Arizona House.

Former Rep. Don Shooter sued the state over his Feb. 1, 2018, ouster by a 56-3 House vote.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge says in a Dec. 20 decision Shooter is not entitled to assert a cause of action for wrongful termination for the House move, suggesting the legislative decision differed from an employer firing an employee.

Shooter has denied allegations of sexual harassment.