Bradley B. Rush, former CFO of Sunrise Senior Living, has sued the company for breach of contract and defamation for terminating him in May and claiming he destroyed documents.

The McLean, Va.-based company allegedly fired Rush in retaliation for his discovery and disclosure of Sunrise's "improper, and in some cases fraudulent, accounting practices, and as part of Sunrise's campaign to make Mr. Rush the 'fall guy' for its improper and fraudulent behavior," according to a complaint filed by lead attorney, John M. Dowd, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.

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