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Fayette jail worker who was involved in lawsuits is fired

A worker at the Fayette County jail who was involved in two lawsuits against the local government was fired Thursday from his job as a corrections officer, his lawyer said.

Justin Crawford and more than 300 other current and former jail employees were paid $1.15 million to settle a 2006 suit that claimed the local government violated labor laws by not paying for overtime and depriving workers of meals and rest periods.

Crawford filed another lawsuit claiming he was the subject of retaliation for his role in the 2006 suit. On April 15, a federal jury ruled no adverse employment actions had been taken against Crawford.

Thomas Miller, Crawford's attorney, said he had no further comment until he was able to read Crawford's termination letter. A statement issued by Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, said the issue is a personnel matter and declined comment.

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