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Former Moon municipal worker alleges religious discrimination

| Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 2:03 p.m.

A former Moon Township Municipality Authority employee claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the authority's general manager reassigned him to heavier work in October 2011 because of a religious discussion.

Regan Madden, 48, of Moon claims that his troubles started when he made a service call at the home of General Manager John Riley's minister and ended up in a religious discussion with the minister's wife. Riley reassigned him to an outdoor work crew the next day, even though he knew Madden suffered a heart attack in 2002, the lawsuit says.

Riley refused to move him back to customer service even after Madden was hospitalized in January 2012, the lawsuit says.

Madden is suing the authority and Riley for disability pay, and alleging religious-based discrimination. Austin Henry, the authority's lawyer, said he hadn't seen the lawsuit, but the authority followed state law and authority regulations.

“Regan Madden was always treated properly and appropriately,” he said.

The authority provides water, sewer and garbage service to customers in Moon and Crescent.

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