“Former Franklin County worker claims gender discrimination”

Public Opinion

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The former acting director of the Franklin County Emergency Management Department has charged the county with sexual discrimination and violating the Family and Medical Leave Act.Susan Dutko alleges in the federal lawsuit that the county refused to investigate her claim of discrimination and, in fact, retaliated against her for making the claims.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 11 in the U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg, seeks unspecified monetary damages and her return to her former job.

Dutko, 56, said she was forced to resign July 9 after asserting her rights under federal and state law, according to the lawsuit. The suit declares her supervisors and the county retaliated because she filed two discrimination complaints each with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…….