Potter v. Williford, (April, 2016, affirmed October, 2015). The plaintiff, a part time paramedic for the Dooly County Emergency Medical Services, openly supported the current Sheriff’s opponent in the election. The incumbent Sheriff, who prevailed, then banned the plaintiff from working as a paramedic at the County’s Law Enforcement Center. The plaintiff’s supervisor later denied her a full time position, allegedly because of the “ban” from performing services at the sheriff’s facility. The plaintiff sued both her supervisor and the county Sheriff, alleging the later violated the First Amendment, since public officials may not retaliate against private citizens for exercising their first amendment rights. The court denied a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims involving alleged retaliation for her alleged political association in violation of the First Amendment (the case later settled). The facts of this lawsuit could have further implications if brought in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana law prohibits employers from making or enforcing any rule, regulations, or policy that controls or directs political affiliations or activities of employees in the exercise of their political rights. The statute provides that employers may not prevent employees from engaging in politics or becoming a candidate and prohibits threats of discharge related to an employee’s political activities. Violation of the Louisiana law can result in fines, a damage award, and the possibility of up to six months in prison.