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Lawyer who harassed a gay University of Michigan student is suing for his old job

Lawyer who harassed a gay University of Michigan student is suing for his old job

Andrew Shirvell is suing to get the job he had while he tormented a gay student body president of the University of Michigan.

The former state assistant attorney general filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit this week (7 November).

According to the Detroit Press Mike Cox, the attorney general who fired him in 2010, is one of the people named in the suit.

Shirvell engaged in a one-man, anti-gay campaign against former University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong. 

The then state employee would show up at public events to condemn what he called Armstrong’s ‘radical homosexual agenda.’ 

Shirvell also appeared at the student’s home three times – including once at 1.30am, harassed Armstrong’s friends as they were socializing, tried to get him fired from his job and posted online attacks about the student.

In 2010 November, then Attorney General Cox fired Shirvell for ‘conduct unbecoming a state employee, especially that of an assistant attorney general.’

Shirvell appealed to the Michigan Civil Service Commission which ruled, in 2012 March, he engaged in ‘hate speech’ on a blog and ‘physical and mental harassment.’

Armstrong, who graduated in 2011, sued Shirvell, accusing him of of defamation and emotional distress. He offered to drop the lawsuit if Shirvell apologized but the lawyer refused.

The ex-state attorney has maintained all of his actions were protected under the free speech provisions of the First Amendment

In August 2012, a jury in a US District Court awarded Armstrong $4.5 (€3.4) million.