Baldwin Borough pays $25,000 to female officer to settle comp time dispute

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The Borough of Baldwin paid a former police officer $25,000 and an undisclosed sum for sick and comp time to resolve her claim that she was compelled to work light duty after an injury, in contrast to the treatment of male officers.

Tracey LaPaglia sued the borough in 2012, and final resolution of all issues occurred this month, according to U.S. District Court records. The borough then provided the general settlement terms in response to a request under the open records law.

According to the release, the borough was in the process of evaluating Ms.LaPaglia's request for payment of 380 hours of sick time and 213 hours of compensatory time. She has agreed never again to seek employment with Baldwin, and the borough has denied any liability.

Ms. LaPaglia claimed that she was hurt on the job in 2010 and had two surgeries. The department forced her to undergo independent medical examinations and required her to return to work at "light duty," while male officers don't have to return to work under similar circumstances, her attorney, Joel Sansone, claimed.

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

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