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Recently fired Doral city clerk files lawsuit against Councilman Pete Cabrera

City of Doral clerk Barbara Herrera during a Commission meeting at City Hall on Dec. 4, 2012. Herrera, who was recently fired by the City Council in a 4 to 1 vote, filed a lawsuit against Councilman Pete Cabrera on Thursday.
City of Doral clerk Barbara Herrera during a Commission meeting at City Hall on Dec. 4, 2012. Herrera, who was recently fired by the City Council in a 4 to 1 vote, filed a lawsuit against Councilman Pete Cabrera on Thursday. El Nuevo Herald File

Doral’s former city clerk, who was recently fired by the City Council in a 4 to 1 vote, filed a lawsuit against Councilman Pete Cabrera on Thursday, she told the Miami Herald.

In the lawsuit, Barbara Herrera “demands judgment against Cabrera for damages, interest, court costs, and for any and all other and further relief this Court deems just and proper.”

“His actions hurt my professional relationship with the city. I lost my ability to provide for my family, based on the actions of one individual who was motivated solely by a political vendetta,” she said.

Herrera, who had been the city’s clerk since 2005, was terminated on Dec. 10 — a week and a half after Councilman Pete Cabrera called for her firing. He accused her of making errors, being late, giving people special treatment and withholding records from their offices.

Hererra contends that Cabrera's move is retaliatory for a lawsuit she filed against him in 2009 for gender discrimination in the workplace. They settled in 2011 for $34,000.

Cabrera was elected to the City Council on Nov. 4. In 2012, he lost the mayoral election against current mayor Luigi Boria after serving as a councilman for almost a decade.

On Nov. 29, Cabrera requested to have Herrera fired. Four days later, Herrera responded by filing a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Cabrera for gender discrimination. The EEOC has not begun its investigation.

Cabrera was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

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