Bruce Henderson, former city council member, yesterday (April 20) filed suit against the City for his allegedly illegal firing. In September of last year, Henderson, then a deputy city attorney, filed a claim against the City, saying that he had been fired August 31 without cause, and more than 30 attorneys were let go at the same time.
Henderson, believing that most of the fired attorneys were white males, said his firing was based on age, gender, and ethnicity. His claim was denied in October.
The suit charges that the City violated Charter Section 40, which was amended by voters in 2010. Previously, an incoming city attorney would fire groups of deputy attorneys without cause. Now, this can’t be done, but Henderson says it was in his case, and that of others.