Former clerk sues City Council over alleged wrongful firing

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The Chattanooga City Council's former clerk has sued the body for what she says was her retaliatory and wrongful firing.

Former Clerk Sandra Freeman was fired in December 2014 as part of a restructuring of the city's staff that was passed in a 5-4 vote in September.

On Wednesday, she filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court saying council Chairman Chip Henderson pushed for a restructuring of the office that resulted in her firing as retaliation.

According to the lawsuit, Freeman alleged to the rest of the council that Henderson and Councilwoman Carol Berz withheld a University of Tennessee report on statewide city clerk pay scales from the members and that Henderson ordered another council staff member to "confidentially modify portions of the job description of employees" in the office.