By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to enter into the battle of a fired college bookstore employee for his work, appearing to end the years-long saga of the ‘Ohio.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor signed the one-sentence entry dismissing Andre Brady’s appeal without elaboration.
Brady had turned to the High Court after a lower court ruled in February that he had no jurisdiction to consider major legal claims surrounding the elimination of his union job as sales manager at the bookshop from Youngstown State University.
Brady lost his 19-year-old job in 2016 as his employer and other public universities came under pressure from Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich to cut costs and pass the savings on to students. Brady has been fighting the layoff ever since.
His attorney told the appeals court during oral argument in August that his client only wanted the opportunity to argue that Youngstown State lacked legitimate “economic reasons” when he closed his bookstore. The lack of verifiable economic reasons violated his union contract, Brady argued.
But the appeals courts and high courts have now ended their involvement for technical reasons, so Brady has never had a chance to make his point.
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