Trinity special education director sues district, claiming discrimination and retaliation

June 19, 2014

Trinity Area School District’s special education director Pamela Wolosky filed a federal lawsuit against the district and outgoing Superintendent Paul Kasunich Thursday, claiming she was discriminated against and faced retaliatory abuse while working in a hostile environment. Amy McTighe also was named as a defendant.

Wolosky, 58, alleges in a 62-page complaint that she was forced to use sick leave and take a sabbatical “to escape the unabated abuse by the Superintendent,” and that Kasunich “belittled, threatened and falsely criticized” her regarding her job performance.

The suit stems from incidents Wolosky claims occurred after Kasunich was hired in April 2010. According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, Kasunich interfered with Wolosky’s supervision of the special education department and tried to make her appear to have performance deficiencies because of her sex and age. She alleges he displayed threatening and harassing behaviors toward other women working in administration.

Wolosky said Kasunich pressured her to retire, but she refused.

Wolosky is seeking compensation for lost pay and benefits.

Wolosky, who resides in the district, is currently on sabbatical.

Administrators could not be reached late Thursday, and board president Jennifer Morgan declined to comment.

Kasunich resigned from the school district effective July 1, after reaching a separation agreement with the district following a drunken driving arrest in February.

Karen Mansfield is an award-winning journalist and mom of five who has been a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter since 1988. She enjoys reading, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a good glass of wine and nice people.

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