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Wausau man sues ex-employer over firing due to legal gun inside car at work

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau man is suing his former employer, saying he was fired because he had a legal gun in his car while at work.

The gun rights group Wisconsin Carry Incorporated is covering the upfront legal costs for Ethan Shepherd. He filed a wrongful termination suit in Marathon County Circuit Court against the window and door maker Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork.

Shepherd said he has a state concealed weapons permit. He pointed out that the concealed carry law prohibits employers from banning permit holders from storing weapons in their vehicles, even on company property.

Shepherd said he was let go in March, after he showed a co-worker the weapon while inside his vehicle.

Nic Clark of Wisconsin Carry Incorporated said a Kolbe & Kolbe official insisted that Shepherd had the weapon outside the car, which Shepherd and witnesses claimed was false. The company has not commented.

Clark tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his group sought an out of court settlement in the case, but could not reach one.

The lawsuit seeks reinstatement with back pay, his legal costs, and a declaration by the company that it cannot take "negative job action" against concealed carry permit holders who keep guns in their vehicles in the company parking lot.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)