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Former Employee Sues State Attorney Aramis Ayala, Alleges Discrimination

State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Photo: Renata Sago WMFE.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Photo: Renata Sago WMFE.

A former prosecutor is suing State Attorney Aramis Ayala, alleging workplace discrimination.

Kailey Evans was an assistant state attorney starting January 2014 until her employment terminated the day after Ayala took over the office.

The lawsuit alleges Evans was disciplined for talking about a previous relationship with a co-worker. Evans disclosed struggles with mental disability from anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsion disorder to the co-worker. She perceives that information was used to harass her and played into her firing.

In a statement, general counsel for the State Attorney’s office says a member of the Florida Bar outside the office provided proof that Evans fabricated evidence and lied in court and the claim that her disability prevented her employment are unsubstantiated.

Evans requested monetary compensation in the suit and requested a jury trial. Her attorney said they may also ask for reinstatement.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."