Oklahoma man says wife's Facebook post cost him his job

Jess English, who worked for Coal County, filed a lawsuit saying he was wrongfully fired for comments his wife made on the social networking site Facebook.
by William Crum Modified: February 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013
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A Coal County man says in a lawsuit that he was fired from his county job because of comments his wife made about a county commissioner on Facebook.

“Her opinion's her opinion. It doesn't have anything to do with me,” Jess English said Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed in December in U.S. District Court in Muskogee against the Coal County board and District 3 Commissioner Michael Hensley.

In its response, the county said English “voluntarily quit his employment with Coal County.”

English, 35, said he had a job doing maintenance in District 3 when Lehigh's mayor “hit me up if I wanted to work running a backhoe for the city” on weekends.

Soon after, Mayor Buddy Cottrell told English he couldn't work for the city anymore, English said.

He said Cottrell told him Hensley wanted his own son to have the weekend work.

English said he came home and told his wife the story. This was near the end of last April.

“I told her the deal and never thought more about it,” he said.

According to English, the next thing he knew he was getting a telephone call from his foreman at District 3, Colin Heathcock.

English said Heathcock told him, “Your wife is on Facebook and saying the next person that runs for commissioner, she would vote for them.”


by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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