Rhinelander's former public works director files wrongful termination suit against mayor, city and alderpersonsSubmitted: 12/13/2019

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RHINELANDER - A 20-page complaint obtained by Newswatch 12 confirms Rhinelander's former public works director, Tim Kingman, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Following his June 25 ouster, Kingman is seeking lost wages, compensatory and punitive damages.

Mayor Chris Frederickson, City Administrator Daniel Guild and the City of Rhinelander are named as defendants in the complaint. Alderpersons Andrew Larson, David Holt, Steve Sauer and Ryan Rossing are also named.

In the complaint, Kingman claims he was "wrongfully terminated" and "wrongfully retaliated against" after speaking out against workplace harassment and filing an age discrimination complaint.

Kingman has requested a jury trial.

In April, Kingman was accused of creating a hostile work environment for employees of the Public Works Department. Search warrants obtained by Newswatch 12 relating to a felony investigation into city misconduct confirm several city employees filed complaints against Kingman. Several of those complaints were recently found to be missing from Kingman's personnel record resulting in said felony investigation.

*This report will be updated as more information is verified.

Story By: Newswatch 12 Team

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