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Allegheny County jail guard sues over alleged retaliation

A federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation determined that Allegheny County Jail management set up a correctional officer to fail as a sergeant before demoting her, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court.

Florence Taylor, whose age and address were not listed, says in the lawsuit that she has worked at the jail since 1997 and her supervisors were happy with her work until 2007. That`s when Taylor, who is black, filed a discrimination complaint alleging that she was passed over for promotion to sergeant because of her race and gender.

A negotiated settlement between the county and EEOC led to her promotion in 2008, but the suit contends her supervisors kept moving her from assignment to assignment until they found one with which she had problems. A July 2010 letter from the EEOC concludes that an investigation shows Taylor`s supervisors were setting her up to fail as a sergeant so they could demote her.

County solicitor Mike Wojcik couldn`t be reached today for comment.

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