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Discrimination lawsuit against Pittsburgh police union, city thrown out

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By Bobby Kerlik
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 7:48 p.m.

The Pittsburgh police union and the city did not discriminate against a former officer, a federal judge ruled in throwing out a lawsuit.

Cathy Thomas-Taylor, 49, of Brighton Heights, claimed in the lawsuit that Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 discriminated against her because of her disability and race and retaliated against her when she filed a discrimination claim.

Thomas-Taylor, who is black, said the union refused to file several grievances for her when she was in a long-running dispute with the city over the pay and benefits she said she should receive while recovering from a back injury.

“None of the alleged retaliatory acts was sufficiently close in time to the protected activity to permit an inference of retaliatory animus,” U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti said in Monday's ruling.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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