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

“I had no idea that anything was even said,” English said. “I said, ‘Colin, I don't know what you're talking about.'”

According to the lawsuit, English arrived for work at the District 3 shop on or about May 1 and was told not to clock in.

The lawsuit says Heathcock, after a telephone conversation with Hensley, then fired English.

“He sent me down the road. He fired me right there,” English said Thursday.

English said he filed for unemployment and was denied. The state said he'd quit.

“That's what topped it off,” he said.

English said he appealed, won a favorable ruling and collected about $14,000 in unemployment last year.

He also went to see Ada attorney Preston Draper.

Draper says in the lawsuit that English was fired because Misty English “exercised her First Amendment right to speak on a political issue.”

“It's a pretty straightforward claim,” Draper said Thursday.

Draper is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $10,000 and punitive damages against Hensley, also in excess of $10,000.

The case has been assigned to a judge but further proceedings could be months in the future, Draper said.

by William Crum
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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