Fifty-one-year-old Bethlehem Judith Maloney is suing Bethlehem for more than $150,000, claiming her termination as the city's health director constitutes age and sex discrimination.
Maloney, who resides in Bethlehem, said she was terminated in January 2013 and offered a demotion to sanitarian in the city health department.
Her suit, filed in federal court Tuesday, contends the city "was motivated by a desire to terminate an 'older employee' and replace the 'older employee' with a substantially younger employee."
The suit acknowledges Maloney has had some legal problems, but makes a case that the city had a pattern of treating male employees in similar circumstances differently than female employees.
The suit also contends the city did not provide due process required by law in carrying out the termination.
Maloney was appointed the city's health director in January 2004. By 2012, she was earning $79,500, plus benefits.
That year Kristin Weinrich, a younger woman, assumed Maloney's duties and was named interim health director.
Maloney officially was demoted in early January 2013. Later that month, Weinrich was appointed permanent health director.