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Ex-Staffer Sues U.S. Audit Board, Chair for Discrimination (2)

April 14, 2021, 4:59 PMUpdated: April 14, 2021, 8:59 PM

The chairman of the U.S. audit regulator described the coronavirus outbreak as the “kung flu” to a staffer of Chinese heritage, sought to replace liberal staffers, and even supported disbanding the agency, a lawsuit alleges.

Chairman William Duhnke called his agency, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, “frivolous,” according to the wrongful termination suit that was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday.

Sue Lee was the board’s chief administrative officer when she was fired last fall. She originally filed her case in D.C. Superior Court in early March, court records show. The ...