La Crosse man files suit against Governor, City Clerk over mask order

A lawsuit over face covering requirements is filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court against Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and La Crosse City Clerk Teri Lehrke.

The suit, while dealing with a local interpretation of the governor’s mask mandate issued in July, has broader implications for the executive order and subsequent emergency order regarding the mask requirement.

You can read the lawsuit below. Users of our news app can read it here.

The suit centers around a La Crosse man, Nicholas Newman, who said he was fired as a poll worker for the August primary after he showed up that day without wearing a mask.

The suit said Newman has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing a face covering and is exempt from the mask requirement.

On August 11, the suit contends Lehrke dismissed Newman despite his medical exemption. It said, in part, “Despite the fact that Mr. Newman is exempt from the face covering requirement of Emergency Order No. 1, Clerk Lehrke told Mr. Newman that both “state law” and “the Governor’s executive order” required him to wear a face covering.”

In the suit, it stated that “Clerk Lehrke told him that utilizing the exemption from the face covering requirement of Emergency Order No. 1 is a “neglection of your duties.”

The document later said that Lehrke banned Newman from working in the future at city polling locations.

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