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7/1/2004

Man says firing was uncalled for

By Paula Aven Gladych
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — A former employee of Intrado Inc. is suing the 9-1-1 emergency services company for wrongful termination.

Kevin Huber was fired from his job as a systems administrator after he took advantage of the company’s “open-door” policy to report that employees were drinking alcohol on the job or arriving at work intoxicated, the lawsuit said.

The use of alcohol on company property is a violation of company rules and policies and “endangered the defendant corporation as well as the customers who relied upon the defendant corporation for 9-1-1 support and services,” the suit alleged.

One of Huber’s managers was “criticized and/or disciplined as a result of the plaintiff’s reporting alcohol violations on the company property,” the suit said, and it was this manager who “decided to terminate” Huber.

Huber is suing for breach of contract and wrongful termination. He also claims Intrado leads its employees to believe they can “voice concerns to management with a promise that they could not and would not be retaliated against,” the suit said.

It added that Intrado’s promises “were false and were made with reckless disregard to their falsity; all of said promises were breached by the defendant corporation.”

A spokeswoman for Intrado said she had not yet seen the lawsuit so she could not comment on it.

The company, founded in 1979, has developed technology that provides telecommunications companies and public safety organizations with accurate, real-time information that can be sent anywhere and anytime.

When someone calls 9-1-1, for example, the company’s technology will route the call to the proper law enforcement agency based upon where the call originated. Intrado also provides
9-1-1 services for wireless telephone companies.