Former Playmate and Aide to O.C. Supervisor Sues for Alleged Mistreatment and Wrongful Termination

A lawsuit has been filed against Orange County for hostile treatment allegedly experienced by a former aide to Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

Christine Richters worked as an aide to Spitzer from February 2013 to October 2016. During that time, she says she was subjected to aggressive and intimidating behavior at the hands of her boss. As a result, she suffered fear, anxiety, depression and even hair loss. She was wrongfully terminated after she requested to be transferred to another county position, her suit alleges.

Richters, who is also a former Playboy Playmate of the Month from 1986, is seeking unspecified damages from the county for failing to take “reasonable corrective measures when it had knowledge of Spitzer’s unlawful conduct.” She is alleging discrimination based on disability, harassment, retaliation, and failure to pay for hours worked plus overtime. The former aide says she was expected to be on call 24 hours a day and that her pay was docked if she failed this requirement.

The county says it will not comment on pending litigation.


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