Montana Lawmaker Files Wrongful Discharge Lawsuit

Lawsuit says the Montana Contractors Association urged him to vote for bills he didn't support

By Associated Press

HELENA – A Republican state lawmaker has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit alleging his refusal to support certain bills during the 2015 Legislature got him fired from a sales job he’d held for more than 15 years.

Rep. Randy Pinocci’s Nov. 14 lawsuit says the Montana Contractors Association urged him to vote for bills that would have resulted in state government spending on construction projects. He did not support those bills.

The lawsuit alleges the contractors association contacted Advanced Litho Printing in Great Falls and demanded that Pinocci be removed as their salesman. He said he lost the account and was fired in December.

MCA executive director Cary Hegreberg told the Great Falls Tribune he was not aware of the lawsuit and declined comment. Officials with the printing firm were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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