- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former state transportation worker has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was given undesirable duties and ultimately fired after he complained about racial epithets.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/29glWAU ) reports that Nicholas Carpellotti of Greensburg filed suit in federal court Saturday against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The lawsuit alleges that Carpellotti, who is white, was a transportation equipment operator at Adamsburg Stock Pile when he confronted a foreman and manager in 2010 about their use of racial epithets in discussions about a black employee.

Another worker was later fired, and Carpellotti’s attorney, Jon Pushinsky, says flyers threatening his client later appeared. Pushinsky said his client was then wrongly accused of threatening a foreman and ultimately fired in 2014.

A PennDOT spokeswoman declined comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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