Robert Rizzo filed suit in Los Angeles Monday, demanding back wages to July 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The City Council of the working-class community southeast of Los Angeles locked Rizzo out of his office in response to public outrage over disclosures he was collecting $800,000 in salary to oversee city operations.
The lawsuit said Rizzo's contract requires 90 days' notice to terminate it -- something Rizzo said he never received. The suit also says the city did not have grounds to fire him since he has yet to be convicted on a variety of charges stemming from his alleged misuse of public funds.
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