State judge dismisses wrongful firing lawsuit against Lafayette schools by former Cooper aide

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A judge has decided that the former Lafayette Parish Schools maintenance supervisor whose hiring had been one cause in the firing of former Superintendent Pat Cooper doesn't have grounds to file his own wrongful termination lawsuit.

The Advocate reports ( ) Thad Welch had filed his lawsuit in December, weeks after he was fired from his position as special assistant to the superintendent for maintenance, grounds, facilities and transportation.

Welch was hired in 2012 on the recommendation of then-Superintendent Pat Cooper, who later was fired on Nov. 6.

At a hearing Wednesday. school board attorney Courtney Joiner claimed that Welch had no cause to file the suit. Joiner claimed Welch has no property right to the job.

Retired 9th Judicial District Judge Harry Randow granted Joiner's motion, and dismissing the case.

Information from: The Advocate,

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