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Carbondale utility worker files age complaint

by Gina GuarascioCarbondale Correspondent

CARBONDALE – A utility department employee for the town of Carbondale has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the town for age discrimination.The town is responding to the charge made by Rich Poulin that he was the subject of age discrimination by his boss, utility director Ed Fortner. In the charge, Poulin said “In/around February of 2006 and continuing I have been subjected to being harassed by my supervisor. He has made derogatory remarks about my age.”Poulin is 63 and has worked for the town of Carbondale since 1999.He said the discrimination is in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and said that Fortner does not make derogatory remarks to any of the younger workers.Poulin spoke out against Fortner in a case earlier this year in which ex-town employee Tom McClelland charged Fortner with wrongful termination. The town investigated the claim and upheld the firing. McClelland has filed a lawsuit against the town on the matter, which is still pending.Town attorney Mark Hamilton said the town disputes Poulin’s claim and the town is responding to the charge.


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