- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Two fired employees of a troubled union district office in Wichita are suing.

Frank Molina Jr. and Becky Ledbetter allege wrongful termination, breach of contract and defamation in lawsuits filed this month in Sedgwick County. The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1qdXIid) reports that both lawsuits seek more than $75,000 in damages.

The suit names the International Association of Machinists, its District 70 and several union officers.

Molina is the former president of District 70, while Ledbetter was a business representative.

The lawsuits come after the international union assumed operations of District 70 in February. In announcing the move in a letter to union members, Machinists International President Robert Martinez Jr. described “mass overspending.” He also said there was “no proper approval for Lodge expenses.”

Court documents say those claims are “erroneous.”

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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