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Appeal in uniform firing case denied

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 9/13/2013 2:22 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed over the termination of a former Lee County corrections officer for failing to wear the appropriate uniform.

The court issued the ruling Friday in a 2010 lawsuit Crystal Finnie filed against Sheriff Jim Johnson claiming gender and religious discrimination.

Finnie says she worked for the department for years, but began to wear skirts because wearing pants was against her religious beliefs.

Johnson fired her in 2008 for failing to follow department policy that employees wear a shirt and pants while at work.

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last year.

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