Judge dismisses lawsuit by former top manager of Pittsburgh water authority

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A federal judge on Monday granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former top manager at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority who claimed he was fired without public deliberation and despite promises of continued employment.

The dismissal ends a lawsuit filed in June by Stephen T. Simcic, of Lawrenceville, who became acting co-director of the authority in 2010, after nine years in its finance department. Mr. Simcic was fired in September 2012, shortly after a private company, Veolia Water North America, took over management of the agency.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer on Monday placed her stamp of approval on a recommendation written in October by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy. In that recommendation, Judge Eddy found that “public employees are at-will in the absence of explicit, unambiguous language in the enabling legislation” and no verbal or written pact that the authority had with Mr. Simcic could trump that.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord

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