A former city official has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit alleging that her gender, age and religion were factors in her dismissal.
Ellen Angele Bonneville, former operations manager of the Economic Development Department, was dismissed from her job in November, 1994, during a restructuring. In a suit filed Aug. 11 in Orange County Superior Court, she alleges that she was fired because she was over 40, a woman and "not a Mormon."
Bonneville, who was hired in 1986, also alleges that she was fired in retaliation for being a "whistle-blower" about redevelopment loans made to political cronies of city officials for seismic retrofit work on their businesses.
Assistant City Atty. David De Berry said Wednesday that his office is just beginning to review the case, but that "we don't think there is any merit to the allegations." The city has 60 days to respond, De Berry said.