Former Atlanta City Manager sues City of Mt Pleasant after Losing Job

Ahrens was City Manager of Atlanta before taking the Mt Pleasant Position.

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The former Mt. Pleasant City. Manager Michael Ahrens is suing the City of Mt. Pleasant, alleging he was fired after disclosing his cancer diagnosis.

According to the federal lawsuit filed late last week in Texarkana, Ahrens said he notified the city council on June 19, 2019, that he would “be receiving extended treatments and/or surgery over the period of the next several months.” The lawsuit goes on to say a week later, Ahrens was informed that the city council intended to hold an executive session to discuss his employment at its July 2, 2019, meeting, and an action item to consider his contract would be addressed after the executive session.

He was fired at the July 2, 2019, meeting, after working for the city for more than 10 years.

Ahrens said he never had any disciplinary action, so the termination must have been a result of his cancer diagnosis disclosure. He said the city’s decision to fire him violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is seeking damages for “extreme emotional distress, embarrassment, severe disappointment, indignation, shame, despair, and public humiliation.”

The case is pending before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Easter District of Texas.