Former recreation manager wins $144,000 in lawsuit

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A former Allegheny County recreation manager who claimed he was fired for political reasons won a $144,000 judgment in federal court last week.

Mike Diehl filed the lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and defamation. He was fired in July 1999. The county said Mr. Diehl was terminated because a program he was heading at the time -- dealing with rental properties at a number of county parks -- had come under public scrutiny. But Mr. Diehl alleged in his lawsuit that he lost his job because he was considered a political supporter of Larry Dunn, and another county commissioner, Robert Cranmer, didn't like it.

A jury found Friday that Mr. Diehl should receive $144,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress, embarrassment, harm to his reputation and humiliation.



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