Former Alexandria human rights director Stephen M. Levinson, who was fired from his post 10 days ago after sexual harassment charges were filed against him, has complained that city officials harassed and discriminated against him.
Levinson said in a complaint filed Tuesday with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that City Manager Vola Lawson and two other city employes "locked and barred" him from his office because they were politically opposed to his administration.
He also said that if a female administrator had committed some of the same acts of which he was accused, she would not have been fired.
" . . . No male can ever assume or carry out the proper roles and responsibilities in civil rights" if some of the allegations made against him can be used as a basis for dismissal, Levinson wrote in the complaint.
Lawson said yesterday that Levinson's complaint listed "totally false and ridiculous" reasons for his dismissal, and was an attempt to turn a personnel matter into a "media circus."
She said Levinson was fired "because of serious and substantive charges of improper actions" that spanned most of his five-year tenure.
Levinson denied that he committed any of the sexual harassment actions that city officials say led to his dismissal. City officials allege that in two 1981 incidents Levinson kissed a city employe and had sexual relations in his office with a man who was dressed as a woman.
The officials charged that in 1984 Levinson tried to kiss his secretary and later touched her inappropriately and that he kissed a city job applicant. They also alleged that Levinson used his position to ask a potential job applicant for a date.
Philip J. Hirschkop, Levinson's attorney, said he had filed a complaint with the Alexandria Bar Association against Assistant City Attorney Nancy A. Bride, who he claimed aided Lawson and Assistant City Manager Rose Boyd in a "pattern of harassment."