Housing staffer’s lawsuit dismissed | AspenTimes.com

Housing staffer’s lawsuit dismissed

A federal magistrate has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority staffer who sued both the authority and the city for wrongful termination.

Magistrate O. Edward Schlatter dismissed both claims last week in U.S. District Court in Denver. He concluded Victoria Giannola, former assistant director of the housing authority, had no contract with the housing office, therefore no breach of contract occurred.

Giannola held the post from July 2000 to June 2003; she was laid off when her post was eliminated as part of a reorganization of the housing office.

In her suit, Giannola claimed a job description she received when she was hired outlined the job as a five-year position and that the description constituted a contract. She was seeking compensation for the remainder of the contract.

The magistrate ruled the job description did not constitute a contract for employment.

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