A third lawsuit alleges that New Castle County Executive Chris Coons retaliated against county employees because of their political views.
Dennis Parkstone filed the latest lawsuit last month. He claims he was fired after 35 years for a minor violation because he voiced support for Coon's rival in 2004, Sherry Freebery. However, county spokeswoman Christy Gleason says Parkstone was fired because he sent inappropriate and explicit e-mails on the county's e-mail servers.
A lawsuit filed by county police Corporal Trinidad Navarro is scheduled to go to trial next month. Navarro alleges he was passed over for a promotion because he supported a police chief appointed by the previous county executive.
And two years ago, Freebery's brother alleged in lawsuit that he was improperly fired because he supported his sister. He was the general manager of Special Services for the county.