Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families caseworker sues, claiming discrimination

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A caseworker with the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families sued today alleging that he was passed over for a promotion because he is male.

Michael S. Smith, of Pleasant Hills, holds a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in psychology, according to the complaint filed by his attorney, Samuel Cordes.

Mr. Smith started with CYF in 1996, according to the complaint. In December, according to the complaint, he applied to be a caseworker supervisor in the agency's North Regional Office.

After a woman with less seniority was promoted to the post, Mr. Smith asked his supervisors why, according to the complaint.

One told him that a woman was promoted to the post to address "gender imbalances" in that office and another told him that he "had to hire a female," according to the lawsuit.

The complaint said that the failure to promote Mr. Smith violated his equal-protection rights and demanded that he be granted the promotion.

The county does not comment on litigation, a spokeswoman said.

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


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