Former Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert says a verified discrimination claim has been filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in regard to his termination in May.
In a statement released over the weekend, Hebert says the claim was filed against the Winona County Board of Commissioners for an alleged violation of state statutes governing protections against discrimination because of a marital situation or actions of a spouse.
Hebert was fired after board members learned his wife was involved in a St. Charles solar business owned by former county board member Meena Kaehler and her family. After an independent investigation, the board claimed Hebert failed to inform the board of his wife's involvement in the company and made false statements to the board.
In the statement Hebert said his claim is that the county board failed to honor his rights as a citizen and failed to verify what he says are the inaccurate and false findings of a biased outside entity which, he says, cost the county over $32,000.
He also claims he was not allowed to defend himself or resolve the issues face-to-face with the board.
County Board Chair Marcia Ward has said Hebert was invited to a closed board meeting but chose not to appear..