The former information technology director for Florida State Attorney Angela Corey is reportedly suing for wrongful termination.
Jacksonville.com reports that Ben Kruidbos sued Corey’s office Thursday, claiming he was illegally fired in June following his testimony that prosecutors did not submit all information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
Kruidbos is seeking at least $5 million in damages and his job back.
Kruidbos, according to the lawsuit, could not be fired for testifying in a judicial proceeding in response to a subpoena. It also claims that the firing was retaliation for his testimony in the Zimmerman case.
“It’s important to understand that we’re not just saying my client was wrongfully terminated,” attorney Wesley White said. “We’re also saying that the state attorney broke the law.”
Florida law prohibits firing people for testifying in trials in which they’ve been subpoenaed to testify, White said, adding that the lawsuit should send a message to Corey that she has no right to fire dedicated employees.