Judge: Pam Lowe Was Not At-Will Employee

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Pam Lowe, the former chief of the Idaho Transportation Department, said she was never given a bad review yet was fired in 2009 because of what she alleged was a political power play, will continue her legal battle against the state of Idaho.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Bush filed a decision on Saturday, shooting down the state's argument that Lowe was an at-will employee who could be fired at any time. Bush agreed with Lowe's attorneys that the state must show a reason for her firing. By law, Bush said in a 57-page decision, the Idaho Transportation Board may only remove its director for "inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance and nonfeasance in office."

Lowe alleged that an ITD board member had made sexist comments about her and that she was pressured to preserve $50 million in contracts for URS-Washington Group and CH2M Hill that she felt were politically motivated.

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