At the start of the pandemic in 2020, 23-year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department Aaron Manning became concerned when a co-worker decided to fly to Texas and pick up a relative from a cruise ship and drive them both home to Little Rock. The co-worker's decision was not only Aaron's worry, but also a substantial concern for the entire workplace in March of 2020.
On April 16, 2022, KATV covered Manning's story. Click on the box below to view KATV's reporting.
Aaron sent two written requests for leave and to quarantine - even without pay. At least his two most immediate supervisors agreed to the leave and so Manning began his quarantine. In April 2020, after his supervisors had placed him back on the shift schedule and he was about to begin his return shift, he was told not to report to work. On April 14, 2020, he was wrongfully terminated by the City.
By the fall of 2020, the City also took away his earned health benefits. Manning fought back by taking this health benefit battle to Judge Wendell Griffen. Thankfully, by January 7, 2022, Judge Griffen ordered the City of Little Rock to provide Manning his earned health coverage benefits.
Now it appears this more than two-year fight is almost over. Manning's trial begins on May 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. The details are as follows:
Trial: May 24 and 25, 2022; 9:00 a.m.
Address: 401 West Markham; 5th Division Courtroom
Judge Wendell Griffen's Courtroom
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