Former ACJ sergeant sues claiming discrimination

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A former Allegheny County Jail sergeant sued the county today saying she was not allowed to return to work with physical restrictions, possibly due to her race and gender.

Monica Green, 40, whose neighborhood of residence wasn't available, is a black woman who was injured off the job in October 2010.

Throughout 2011 she sought to return to work with a doctor's note restricting her to sedentary duties, according to the complaint by attorney Susan Mahood. Jail personnel staff denied her that opportunity, but she noted that white males had been allowed to work sedentary jobs following injuries, according to the complaint.

Ms. Green was fired in January 2012 for "job abandonment," according to the complaint.

"You get fired for job abandonment when you've continuously asked to come back," said Ms. Mahood. "The poor woman is working three jobs now."

Ms. Green is suing the county, Deputy Warden William Emerick and personnel manager Lynda Pastor in federal court, saying they violated her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Civil Rights Act. She seeks a return to work as a sergeant, compensatory and punitive damages.

A county spokeswoman said the county doesn't comment on litigation.

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


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