A fire department employee who was forced to resign last year amidst allegations of forgery has filed a $1.2 million action against the City of Springfield, Oregon and three high-ranking city employees including the fire chief.
Linda Morris claims she opted to retire last November after she was told if she did not, allegations that she forged a document would be turned over to the police for investigation. According to the lawsuit the threats were made at a meeting on November 25, 2013 with Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randy Groves, Springfield Human Resources Director Greta Utecht, and Peter Fehrs, a human resources analyst.
The suit filed last week in Lane County Circuit Court alleges a violation of Morris’s civil rights, age discrimination, unlawful employment practices and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Suit seeks $1.2 million, $600,000 for economic damages and $600,000 for emotional distress. Morris, who was 64 when she retired, was a receptionist.