Former airport authority CEO in Tennessee sues over firing

This photo from a 2013 news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority shows then CEO Rob Wigington receiving the 2013 Air Carrier Manager of the Year award from the FAA Southern Region Airports Division.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lawsuit claims an ex-Tennessee airport official was fired after taking medical leave.

The Nashville federal court lawsuit says ex-Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority CEO Robert Wigington had liver cancer, needed a transplant and started a six-week medical leave in July.

It says officials didn’t let him return and the board terminated him in October.

The board has said Wigington didn’t get its approval for $2.6 million in incentives he negotiated for a British Airways London flight and left key positions unfilled, among other issues.

Wigington’s lawsuit says he included incentive information at a board meeting and was working toward filling positions.

Chairman Bobby Joslin said he’s confident the board’s actions were justified, necessary and in the community’s best interests.

Wigington became CEO in 2012 and oversaw Nashville International Airport’s record growth.

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