A former associate dean at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the school fired her for not voting to hire the spouse of one of its board of director members.

Lynn Branham, former associate dean at the law school’s Grand Rapids, Mich., campus and tenured member of its faculty, contends that dean Don LeDuc increased her workload in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Michigan state law after she refused to recommend that the school hire a board member’s spouse.