Councilwoman Tina Vick facing multi-million dollar lawsuit

Posted at 7:24 PM, Nov 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 09:08:34-05

Newport News, Va. - A Newport News city councilwoman is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Tina Vick, the aunt of football player Michael Vick, of using her position on the board at the Office of Human Affairs for financial gain and for defaming an employee`s character.

Vick faces a $10 million lawsuit for what she allegedly did to an employee at the local non-profit organization.

According to the suit - filed by Lisha Bryant-Shannon, deputy director of OHA - Vick  defamed Shannon's character by saying she didn't follow all work protocols.

The suit also claims Vick wrote misleading and derogatory information about Shannon to the board members who were on the search committee for the open executive director position -- a job Shannon was interested in.

Additionally, the lawsuit states that as board chair Vick benefitted financially by receiving a contract from OHA to be an independent contractor serving as interim executive director earning more than $113,000.

The lawsuit claims Vick then used her power to get the position of executive director - a position Shannon claims she was in line to receive.

Shannon alleges Vick owed board members money and planned to use the money she received in the position to pay off those personal loans.

NewsChannel 3 reached out to Vick for comment but has not yet heard back.