SANFORD, FL - JUNE 6: Ben Kruidbos, an IT worker from the state attorney's office, testifies during a hearing for George Zimmerman, the accused shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Seminole circuit court June 6, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. A judge reportedly denied the defense request to let some witnesses testify in confidentiality and heard arguments as to whether voice identification experts will be allowed to testify during the trial. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The former IT director in the office of the prosecutor who tried George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against his former boss, claiming he was unlawfully fired.
Ben Kruidbos filed the lawsuit against State Attorney Angela Corey's office on Thursday.
He is seeking more than $5 million in damages.
Kruidbos contends he was fired in retaliation for testifying at a hearing in which Zimmerman's attorneys were seeking sanctions against prosecutors.
Kruidbos was fired last month and accused of misconduct after he testified in June about retrieving evidence from Trayvon Martin's cellphone the defense contends wasn't disclosed.
Judge Debra Nelson postponed the sanctions hearing until after Zimmerman's trial.
Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime last month for fatally shooting Martin last year.
MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press