EAST RIDGE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A former East Ridge employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and City Manager Tim Gobble, saying she wrongfully was fired after emailing City Council members about inconsistencies in overtime pay.

Beth Tatum, who had worked as the city's budget clerk since 2006, was fired in April right after she attached council members on an email that addressed concerns about her duties and compensation, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the city had stopped paying office employees for overtime work in July 2011.

A memorandum in Tatum's personnel file shows one of Gobble's top reasons for firing Tatum was for "surreptitiously communicating with council to undermine the internal management structure."

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