Aug 30, 2011 8:47 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Former City employee claims she was fired for being "strong female"

Former Colorado Springs Director of Finance and Administrative Services Terri Velasquez has made a claim against the City of Colorado Springs for $1 million, plus court and attorney fees.

Velasquez was fired from the City last month and claims she was wrongfully terminated. In a letter sent by her attorney, Velasquez claims she was threatened after exposing financial and ethical violations.

Velasquez's lawyer also says she believes she was targeted because she is a "strong female and did not fit the stereotype of a weak and compliant female."

A spokesperson for the City tells News 5 the City is reviewing the lawsuit and will not comment at this time. The City has hired a Denver law firm to investigate the allegations made by Velasquez. That investigation is underway.

To read the full letter, CLICK HERE.


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