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Ex-prosecutor sues commonwealth’s attorney

A former Frederick County prosecutor claims she was paid less than her male counterparts and was fired when she complained about it.

The attorney’s lawsuit in federal court demands back pay, front pay, compensatory and punitive damages.

In the suit, former prosecutor Fahnda H. Leuenberger said that, despite performing work requiring equivalent skill and responsibility, she was paid approximately $30,000 less per year than two male assistant commonwealth’s attorneys.

Leuenberger alleged that Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer ignored her 2013 request for pay commensurate with her peers. She said Spicer offered trumped up excuses four months later when he told her she had to quit or be fired.

The suit was filed May 12 in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg. It names Spicer and Frederick County as defendants.

Leuenberger is represented by Jack B. Jarrett III of Arlington. Jarrett declined to comment.

Spicer said he expected to be defended by attorneys at the McLean office of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. Spicer declined comment and a call to the Wilson, Elser law firm was not returned.

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