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Anderson mayor countersues over discrimination suit

November 11, 2011

A central Indiana mayor has countersued a city employee, claiming that she made false statements of sexual discrimination in order to make the mayor look bad.

The lawsuit by Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon was filed in a Madison County court on Thursday, two days after he lost his re-election bid.

Ockomon attorney Daniel Whitehead told The Herald Bulletin of Anderson that he believes most people cited by parks department manager Teresa Spencer in her July lawsuit won't support her account.

Attorney Fredrick Spencer disputed claims in Ockomon's lawsuit that his daughter-in-law gave false statements to the news media and says she didn't leak any information.

Spencer's lawsuit alleges Ockomon tried to force her layoff after she refused his sexual advances. A federal agency dismissed a similar complaint from Spencer.

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