The director of Independence Power and Light has filed a lawsuit against his former employer alleging a violation of the terms of a severance package.

The director of Independence Power and Light has filed a lawsuit against his former employer alleging a violation of the terms of a severance package.

Leon Daggett, IPL director, alleges in a lawsuit filed March 13 in Wyandotte County District Court that the Kansas City, Kan., based Board of Public Utilities violated the terms of a severance package worth $750,00 Daggett settled with BPU after he was fired in 2005 as the utility company’s general manager. Daggett is suing BPU for more than $75,000.

Reached by phone Monday night, Daggett said his lawyers advised him not to comment on the lawsuit pending the outcome of the litigation. Calls Monday night seeking comment from BPU were unsuccessful.

According to the lawsuit, Daggett claims that two BPU board members, both running for re-election this spring, made disparaging remarks about him. The suit also alleges the utility has failed to make contributions to Daggett’s pension plan and that it did not pay him for his time and travel to give testimony on behalf of the BPU during an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency.