Trinity Area School District special education director sues, alleging retaliation

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The special education director of the Trinity Area School District sued that district and its outgoing superintendent today, alleging that she and other women working in the administration faced retaliation when they complained about the hostile environment there.

Pamela Wolosky, 58, of Washington County, alleged in her 62-page complaint that Superintendent Paul Kasunich "belittled, threatened, and falsely criticized" her after he took office in 2010. The complaint in U.S. District Court also alleges that Mr. Kasunich "began to interfere directly in Ms. Wolosky’s supervision of the Special Education Department, to undermine her authority and to sabotage her work, to harass and humiliate her, to intimidate her, and to try to make her appear to have performance deficiencies."

Ms. Wolosky refused to retire despite pressure from the superintendent, she alleges. Mr. Kasunich then gave Ms. Wolosky minimal raises and no bonuses, according to the complaint.

The treatment amounts to age discrimination, retaliation and other federal law violations, according to the complaint, which seeks compensation for lost pay and benefits.

Neither Mr. Kasunich nor other representatives of the district could not be immediately reached for comment. Mr. Kasunich has resigned effective July 1, following a drunk driving arrest.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published June 19, 2014 12:00 AM


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