The former director of a state board that selected designers for new government buildings today sued the state for the $10,525.64 in vacation and personal time he says he had accrued through Nov. 17, when he was fired for refusing to get Covid-19 shots, as required by Gov. Baker.
In his suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Willard Perkins of Andover, says he refused shots for religious reasons. His suit asks a judge to rule the state violated his religious-freedom and equal-protection rights and to order the state to pay him for the accrued time, plus damages and interest.
Perkins had served as executive director of the state Designer Selection Board until he was fired.
In his suit, he said he applied for a religious exemption for the shots, but was denied.
A similar suit filed by a DCF worker in March remains pending in Suffolk Superior Court.