Lawyer for Lesbian Police Chief Says She Was Fired Illegally

26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Police Chief Crystal Moore attends 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on May 9, 2015 in New York City. Laura Cavanaugh / FilmMagic

LATTA, S.C. — The lawyer for fired gay police chief Crystal Moore says she should get her job back because the South Carolina town of Latta didn't follow the law.

Attorney Malissa Burnette sent a letter to Latta saying the Town Council did not vote in open session last week to fire Crystal Moore.

Town Administrator Jarrett Taylor said he thinks he alone under town ordinances has the ability to fire the police chief. Taylor, who is also a councilman, says he told council members of his plans and a majority approved.

Taylor says he fired Moore because she wasn't doing her job right. Moore's lawyer says she was fired in retaliation for getting an outside agency to investigate a sexual harassment complaint.

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