Yavapai wrongful termination suit boils in federal court

KayAnne Riley, who worked as the marketing director for the Humane Society, sued the city in 2011. The lawsuit claims Mayor Marlin Kuykendall violated her constitutional right to free speech.
KayAnne Riley, who worked as the marketing director for the Humane Society, sued the city in 2011. The lawsuit claims Mayor Marlin Kuykendall violated her constitutional right to free speech.

By Scott Orr | The Daily Courier

Attorneys for KayAnne Riley on Friday asked a federal judge to deny a stay in the proceedings of her lawsuit involving her 2010 termination as a Yavapai Humane Society employee. The request for a stay is part of defendants Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and his wife’s appeal for qualified immunity, which Riley asked the judge to reject as well.

A previous request for immunity was denied. Defense attorneys want the judge to put the trial on hold while they appeal that decision.

Riley, who worked as the marketing director for the Humane Society, sued the city in 2011. The lawsuit claims that Kuykendall violated her constitutional right to free speech by threatening to end the city’s contract with the Humane Society over her involvement in a protest against city “bullying” tactics against another former employee.

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