Butler County tipstaff files discrimination lawsuit

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A former supervisor of tipstaffs for the Butler County Court of Common Pleas sued that court’s administration Thursday, claiming that it discriminated against him because he is male.

Francis Plaisted, 65, of Butler, and “other male tipstaffs were either assigned peripheral roles in or excluded from the jury selection process while female employees were assigned prominent roles,” his attorney, Neal A. Sanders, wrote in the complaint.

Mr. Plaisted scheduled the other tipstaffs as part of his duties at the court, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Last year he was off work for a time because of medical problems, and when he returned a female colleague was handling the scheduling, according to the complaint.

Amid complaints about the schedule, Mr. Plaisted asked to have that duty returned to him, according to the complaint. Instead, he was laid off and his position was eliminated, he claimed.

The lawsuit alleged gender discrimination, a hostile work environment and wrongful termination.

Butler County deputy court administrator Tom Holman said he had not received the lawsuit and could not comment.

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