LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The former staff attorney for the Arkansas Lottery Commission has sued the panel and is seeking her job back, along with a half-million dollars in damages.

Bridgette Frazier filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Little Rock. It names the Arkansas Lottery Commission, executive director Ernie Passailaigue and operations vice president Ernestine Middleton as defendants.

Frazier claims in the lawsuit that she was forced to resign last December and that the commission violated her First Amendment rights.

Frazier is asking a judge to issue an injunction allowing her to get her job back and to receive compensatory damages.

The suit has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.