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Union Sues Nickles

The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court seeking an injunction to block Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles from firing eight city lawyers in his office. Lawyers for the union said the employees "received satisfactory of better performance ratings in the most recent rating period." Nickles' contention that the city lawyers performed poorly is a "pretext to disguise the true basis for the terminations, which is to address the budget," the lawsuit states.

The union paints some of the fired attorneys as facing difficult circumstances. One has been working for the city for 16 years and is "a single parent who has recently been diagnosed with chronic, serious medical problems. Her termination and the loss of her health insurance would have catastrophic consequences." Another is a father of four who is a member of the Marine Corps reserves "awaiting imminent military orders to leave for Iraq. ... If he is terminated as planned, his family will lose significant benefits while he is deployed."

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
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