Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Former employee files suit

December 6, 2000

A former Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services employee has filed a lawsuit against two of his former supervisors, alleging they conspired to have him fired.

In the suit filed in Leavenworth County District Court, William Merkel is suing Charles Conrad and Curt Bigge.

The suit alleges that Merkel discovered about a year ago that Conrad and Bigge conspired and coerced Gary Carbaugh, another EMS employee, to write and sign a false statement that said Merkel had made statements that could be considered threats.

The suit further alleges that Conrad and Bigge actually wrote the statement but told Carbaugh he could lose his job if he didn`t rewrite it in his own handwriting and turn it into EMS Director Irene Maley on April 4, 1998. Merkel was fired on April 9, 1998.

In his lawsuit, Merkel seeks more than $75,000 in lost wages, future lost wages, damage to his reputation, mental suffering, anxiety, depression, his past and future impairment of his ability to enjoy life and harm from loss of sleep. It also seeks an unspecified amount of money for court costs and legal fees.

Steven Pigg, a Topeka attorney, has been retained by Leavenworth County`s insurance company to represent Conrad and Bigge. He said he could not comment on the case, but did say he would file an answer or a motion in the suit soon.

Merkel previously filed a suit against the county over his dismissal from EMS. That suit was dismissed earlier this year.

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