Llizo Attorney Files Exhibit List

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
Topeka Zoo veterinarian Shirley Llizo

Zoo Veterinarian Shirley Yeo Llizo, V.M.D. talks to WIBW about the zoo's accreditation. The zoo is pleased to not only meet, but exceed the AZA requirements for the next five years.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - With Topeka Zoo veterinarian shirley Llizo's discrimination suit against the city beginning Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Llizo's attorney has filed a 48 page exhibit list, including more than 200 individual documents that may be brought up in court.

Llizo was fired by then-zoo director Mike Coker in 2009. She was re-hired after an arbitrator ruled the city had wrongly fired her.

The city council turned down a settlement of $132,000 that would have had Llizo leave her post as zoo veterinarian in May of last year.

Llizo's attorney filed the 48-page document electronically Sunday. It includes numerous emails among various city officials regarding the Llizo case as well as her personal emails regarding alleged discrimination.

Coker and former Topeka city manager Norton Bonaparte are expected to testify at the trial.

U.S. District Court Judge John Lungstrom is presiding. The trial is expected to last four or five days. The judge turned down the city's request to have the trial in Topeka instead of Kansas City, KS.

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