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U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit


Employment — public employment

A county employee doing seasonal highway work does not have a property interest in his employment.

“Viewing Chippewa County Ordinance § 48.62 as a whole, it governs the disciplining of County employees. The ordinance gives a non-exhaustive list of work rules, that, if violated, could lead to certain disciplinary actions, including verbal warnings, written reprimands, suspension without pay, or discharge. It makes clear that the list of work rule in-fractions justifying discipline provides ‘some examples.’ Also, the ordinance allows for the different Chippewa County departments, such as the Highway Department where Kvapil worked, to add work rules to the list. Chippewa County Ordinance § 48.63, entitled ‘Discipline Recommended’, gives further guidance to administering the County-wide work rules highlighted in § 48.62. Accordingly, we agree with the district court that Chippewa County Ordinances §§ 48.62 and 48.63 are procedural guidelines for Chippewa County supervisors to facilitate consistent discipline County-wide. These ordinances do not provide Kvapil with a legitimate claim of entitlement to continued employment. See Roth, 408 U.S. at 577.”


13-2658 Kvapil v. Chippewa County

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Conley, J., St. Eve, J.

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