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Former Mich. assistant AG sues Cox, Schuette over termination

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 11, 2013

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) -- A former Michigan assistant attorney general, accused of harassing a gay University of Michigan student body president, is now suing former Attorney General Mike Cox and current Attorney General Bill Schuette for his "unlawful termination."

Andrew Shirvell, who was fired by Cox in November 2010, filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan last week.

The other named defendants are: Michael Ondejko, a non-attorney employee in the Attorney General's Office; Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol L. Isaacs; Bureau Chief Thomas C. Cameron; and Douglas Bramble, former director of human resources for the office.

In his Nov. 7 complaint, Shirvell, who now resides in Florida, wants a monetary judgment from Cox, Ondejko, Isaacs, Cameron and Bramble, plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

From Schuette, Shirvell wants an order placing him "in the position he would have been in had there been no wrongdoing by the defendants." He's also seeking interest, costs and attorney fees from Schuette.

Shirvell contends in his 79-page complaint that "as a direct and proximate result of defendants' wrongdoing," he has suffered "significant loss" of his constitutional rights, income, future earnings and the right to enjoyment of his livelihood, as well as "emotional distress, humiliation, mortification, embarrassment, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression."

Click here to read Shirvell's complaint.

In 2012, a jury awarded the University of Michigan student, Chris Armstrong, $4.5 million in his lawsuit against Shirvell.

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