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Hendersonville Whistleblower

Hendersonville Whistleblower

Stacy Case

    Only On Fox, a  pending federal lawsuit against the City of Hendersonville and the public works director for allegedly firing, demoting, and suspending workers for speaking out about safety concerns and alleged improprieties.
   For more than a month, I've been investigating many workers' claims. 
   Now, the attorney representing one of them says this could become a class action suit, costing taxpayers a lot of money.
   Former Hendersonville Public Works Employee Loren Perdue says he was forced to use  trucks with bald tires, but that's not all.  He made a list of safety issues and gave it to his boss.  He says the horn didn't work on a limb truck, neither did the four way flashers, a violation of state law.  He also says the hydraulic hoses on the outriggers were leaking and the boom was leaking too.  Problems that could potentially cause the limb truck to tip over  when it's supposed to be stabilized picking up limbs.
    Thursday, in a letter to the City of Hendersonville, Perdue's attorney put the city and Public Works Director Jerry Horton on notice that he's filing a lawsuit for  retaliatory discharge of Perdue.  He cited  the Whistleblower Act and safety violations that break Tennessee law.
   Perdue says, "They said I was lying about the trucks and come to find out the next day after I got fired,  they had the maintenance guys start repairing all the problems on the trucks."
   His attorney elaborates, "He made a disclosure about illegal activity defined by the whistleblower act which are violations of safety regulations  and laws and that he was terminated and then all of the sudden,  this pretext of write ups and reprimands.   I do not think it's  a coincidence."
   Perdue had been with Public Works 9 years and says he had gotten a glowing review just in September,  the highest marks you can get.
    I (Stacy Case) have talked with several Public Works employees over the last month who confirm they're being retaliated against and who tell me they're scared for their jobs.  Attorney Mumford says they don't have to be. "They have rights and they have no reason to be scared to make disclosures about whatever is going on in the public works department."
     I visited City Hall Thursday asking for the mayor, the public works director or the city attorney to respond to the pending legal action.
   No one came out to talk to me and no one returned my follow up phone calls.
    We'll stay on top of this developing story.