By Robert Haugh
Former Santa Clara City Attorney Brian Doyle recently filed the legal paperwork to start his lawsuit against the City.
Doyle believes he has a claim against the City for “wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliatory discharge in violation of Cal. Lab. Code Section 1102.5, retaliatory discharge in violation of Cal. Gov. Code section 12940(h), Intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation and negligence.”
Doyle was fired by the 49er Five in August, 2021 without cause.
The City is still without a City Attorney. According to attorneys in other cities, Santa Clara will have trouble finding one because of what happened to Doyle.
Doyle’s attorney, Chris Boscia, said Doyle’s legal team is “conducting a thorough investigation.”
From the witness list, it looks like it.
As possible witnesses, the paperwork lists the members of the City Council:
- Lisa Gillmor,
- Suds Jain,
- Raj Chahal,
- Anthony Becker,
- Kevin Park,
- Karen Hardy, and
- Kathy Watanabe
It also lists some City staff:
- Deanna Santana,
- Sue Rueter,
- Caio Arellano,
- Elizabeth Klotz, and
- Alexander Abbe
Interestingly, on the witness list are 49ers executives:
- John Edward “Jed” York,
- Rahul Chandhok, and
- Al Guido
Jain publicly stated last year that the 49ers “would like to see Brian Doyle gone.”
The City is required to respond to the filing within 45 days. Who knows if Santa Clara will have a City Attorney by then.