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Former Atlanta employee begins business litigation against city

A former employee of the city of Atlanta has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging he was wrongfully terminated back in January. The man's claims that he was fired after pointing out that a woman who was no longer an employee of the city still had access to city resources. In the business litigation, the man names the mayor of Atlanta in addition to other city officials.

The Georgia man was formerly employed by the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. He recently spoke about his reasons for filing the litigation with a local news station. He alleges that he was unjustly fired when he brought it to the attention of city officials that there may be a conflict of interest since the woman's new employer is involved in business dealings with the city.

According to the former employee, his former coworker was still using city resources such as city-owned equipment and computer system even after she quit working for the city. The man says he was concerned that the woman had access to private and confidential information regarding. The Georgia city has not publicly given a reason for the termination. A spokesman for city has declined to speak about the ongoing legal process.

This business litigation has the potential to become a larger issue depending on its outcome. If a judge determines that the former employee was indeed fired in retaliation for pointing out the woman's access to city resources, it could lead to additional legal consequences for the city of Atlanta. It may be in the city's best interest to be aggressive in its approach to this lawsuit.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Former Atlanta city employee sues mayor and other city employees," May 16, 2013

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