In his lawsuit, LaFleur contends that Southern fired him “before giving him written notice and an opportunity to refute the alleged cause” for his termination.
“The cause alleged by Southern does not constitute just cause, good cause, reasonable cause or other cause.”
LaFleur, 52, is seeking damages including his base salary for the remainder of his contract, which he says expires June 30, 2013.
The university had not been served with the suit and thus had not seen it and could not comment as of Monday, according to Katara Williams, Southern System spokeswoman.
LaFleur’s attorney, Scott Wilson, also could not be reached for comment.
LaFleur, a former LSU tight end and native of Ville Platte, was attending the NCAA men's Final Four in Houston seeking potential candidates for the vacant Southern men's basketball coaching job when he was arrested during a prostitution sting.
He is accused of soliciting a person to engage in “sexual intercourse for hire,” according to a criminal complaint.
The quick decision to fire LaFleur was necessary according to Southern Chancellor Kofi Lomotey for the overall stability of the school’s athletic program.
LaFleur claims he received a termination letter April 8, two days after Southern announced in a news release that LaFleur had been fired.
“The contract expressly states that the written notice and refutation opportunity must take place ‘prior to’ termination,” the suit says.
Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh is serving as the school’s interim athletic director.
LaFleur’s suit was filed Thursday in Baton Rouge state court. It has been assigned to state District Judge Todd Hernandez.