A former Michigan lawmaker kicked out of the House because of a sex scandal says she was illegally expelled and wants back pay.

Cindy Gamrat, a Republican from Allegan County, says her rights were violated by House leaders in 2015. She filed a new lawsuit last week in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Gamrat is seeking back pay as well as money for distress and humiliation. She says she had struck a deal to be censured, not removed from office.

Attorney Sarah Riley Howard, a lawyer who represents two former House aides, says the lawsuit "has no merit."

Gamrat's former husband is also named in the lawsuit. He's accused of using listening devices to try to catch Gamrat and Todd Courser, a Lapeer County Republican. Courser quit the House.

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