A Kentucky lawyer is suing a former employer, accusing the employer of retaliating against a woman who spoke out against him and the company.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorney David B. Leventhal claims the company violated her civil rights by refusing to hire him after he filed a complaint alleging harassment and retaliation.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Commission filed a civil suit against the company on Feb. 1.
In the complaint, Leventha alleges that the company retaliated against him by threatening to sue and to go to court if he didn’t comply.
In response to the allegations, the company fired Leventh in October and suspended him for a year without pay.
Leventhal is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees.
He says the company failed to properly investigate and take disciplinary action.
A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Civil Liberties Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Levehal’s lawsuit alleges that he was fired after he called the company’s HR department to complain about his supervisor, who had allegedly been harassing and threatening him.
He was fired because he had a history of having a restraining order issued against him in the past, according to the lawsuit.
In October, the Kentucky Department of Human Services filed a restraining or termination order against Leventhi after he told the department that his supervisor had threatened to sue him for defamation.
Levehal was not allowed to have contact with the supervisor and had no choice but to leave the state, the complaint says.
Leverehal filed the lawsuit in Kentucky’s U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.