The longtime Jefferson County administrator fired in September 2009 on a 3-2 vote by the county commissioners this week filed an eight-count civil suit claiming discrimination, human rights violations and wrongful discharge, according to the suit filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's office.
Leslie Smith's suit alleges that all five commissioners violated her rights, discriminated against her on the basis of sex and age, harassed her and broke her work contract, and accuses them of retaliatory discharge and violating the state's wage payment and collection act in firing her Sept. 24 during an open commission meeting.
Her termination became effective Oct. 24, 2009.
Attorney Peter Chakmakian of Jefferson County filed the suit on Smith's behalf. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Smith declined to comment.
The suit alleges that all five commissioners were "responsible for the decision" to terminate Smith.
Commissioners Jim Surkamp, Frances Morgan and Carolyn (Lyn) Widmyer voted to fire Smith on claims of incompetence, the suit said. Dale Manuel, commissioners president at the time, and Commissioner Patsy Noland voted to keep her in the position.