SCI Pittsburgh captain, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections agree to dismiss lawsuit

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A captain at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh who sued the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections alleging discrimination stemming from his complaints about insulting graffiti has agreed to the dismissal of his complaint, according to a stipulation filed in U.S. District Court today.

Capt. Jon Tustin, of Waynesburg, sued in September, claiming that he was the target of sexual graffiti at the prison and complained about it to the employee counseling program with the expectation of confidentiality.

His concerns, he claimed, were shared with higher management, resulting in a shift change which reduced his earnings. He also alleged that he was denied promotional opportunities despite 25 years in the prison system.

He claimed that the treatment constituted age and gender discrimination.

The filing of a stipulation of dismissal usually means that the case has settled.

Capt. Tustin's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman did not have immediate access to the terms of any settlement.

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


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