Allegheny County controller's office employee settles discrimination lawsuit

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A former Allegheny County Controller's Office employee who sued last year claiming that he was fired because of his age and political leanings has settled his case for $10,000, an attorney said today.

Stanley M. Kaczmorski, 65, of Ross, had been with the office for eight years and was a tax, asset and weights and measures manager when he was fired early last year, shortly after Controller Chelsa Wagner took the reins. He claimed in his lawsuit that his dismissal was related to his failure to support Ms. Wagner, or any other candidate for controller, during the 2011 campaign, and that he was replaced by a supporter of hers.

"It was the controller’s position that when she took office, she made some necessary changes to improve efficiency in that office," said Ira Weiss, special counsel to the office. “We believed then, and continue to believe, that there is no liability" to Mr. Kaczmorski, he said, but opted to settle the case as “a sensible way to bring this to a conclusion at minimum expense to taxpayers considering the cost of defending these cases.”

Mr. Kaczmorski will not return to work in the office, Mr. Weiss said.

Another former employee, Carmen Cupelli, 69, of Wilkins, sued with Mr. Kaczmorski and is continuing to litigate his termination. Their attorney, Sam Cordes, declined comment, citing confidentiality.


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

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