County settles suit claiming gender discrimination against CYF caseworker

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Allegheny County has settled a lawsuit in U.S. District Court filed by an Office of Children, Youth and Families caseworker who alleged gender discrimination against him.

The county agreed to pay Michael S. Smith, of Pleasant Hills, $35,000 to resolve his claim, a spokeswoman confirmed today.

Mr. Smith indicated in his complaint filed last year that he holds a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in psychology, and started with CYF in 1996. In 2012, he applied to be a caseworker supervisor in the agency's North Regional Office, but a woman with less seniority got the job, he claimed. Supervisors told him the woman was promoted to the post to address "gender imbalances" in that office, according to the complaint.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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