Lisa A. Behrens, the former Deputy Director of Emergency Services for the Mat-Su Borough, has filed a lawsuit against the Borough, Paul “Otto” Feather, the Director of Emergency Services for the MSB, and John Moosey, the Manager for the MSB.
Ms. Behrens’ complaint, which was filed on May 22, 2018, in Palmer Superior Court, alleges seventeen claims for relief, including wrongful termination, libel/slander, and discrimination. She has retained attorney Ronald Offret of Aglietti, Offret and Woofter of Anchorage.
Ms. Behrens alleges that she was not permitted to receive PERS retirement benefits; that she was terminated from her employment without just cause; that the defendants intentionally and/or negligently libeled, slandered, and defamed her by fabricating allegations against her personal and professional reputations; that the defendants intentionally and/or negligently inflicted emotional distress upon her; that they illegally retaliated against her by terminating her employment after she communicated to the MSB Assembly within the lawful performance of her duties; that she was discriminated against because she is a woman; that she endured a hostile work environment; and that she was denied a meaningful investigation into her complaints.
The Mat-Su Borough has denied all of the allegations. The MSB has retained attorneys Danielle Ryman and Jared Gardner of Perkins Coie, LLP.
A pretrial conference was held yesterday – August 2, 2018 – in front of the Judge assigned to the case – Honorable Kari Kristiansen.
The trial, which may take three weeks, was scheduled for September 2, 2019. A further pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 10, 2019. In the interim, the parties will be conducting discovery (depositions; interrogatories, etc.)
Ms. Behrens’ complaint is set forth below:
The Mat-Su Borough’s Answer to Complaint is set forth below: