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'Whistleblower' sues NMB over discrimination claims; says she was laid off for being a lesbian

BY MARGAUX HERRERA, MHERRERA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

A former North Miami Beach employee is seeking her job back after the city overturned a unanimous vote by the city’s Civil Service Board to reinstate her.

In her lawsuit against the city filed May 29, Debbie Fernandez alleges that she was laid off — as a lone employee — by the city in October 2011 for being a “whistleblower” after turning in her boss to city officials when he asked employees to buy him marijuana; for being a lesbian; and for complaining that she was discriminated against for being a lesbian.

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