Former prosecutor loses LS suit but appeals

July 23, 2014 

A former Lee’s Summit substitute prosecutor has lost an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city but has filed an appeal.

Lee’s Summit in late June won a summary judgment in the case Eric Butkovich filed in 2012 against the city, former City Attorney Teresa Williams and the city’s Chief Prosecutor Terri Round.

He appealed the decision earlier this month to the Missouri Appeals Court, Western District.

Butkovic’s suit in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the city retaliated against him after he refused to make false accusation of misconduct against Rachel Townsend Brown. She was a former prosecutor who also was fired by the city. She also had filed a lawsuit, which was settled for $277,000.

Butkovich contends his scheduled services were cancelled in retaliation for refusing to support the city’s accusations and when he applied to the city failed to get a part-time job as prosecutor. Butkovich asked an unspecified amount of damages.

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