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Officer Claims Gender Discrimination, Sues Baldwin Boro

Tracey LaPaglia says that she was assigned work that male officers weren't.

Tracey LaPaglia, a Baldwin Borough police officer who was injured while working for the borough in 2010, is claiming discrimination by borough leaders in a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, LaPaglia says that she was assigned secretarial duties after her injury—work that was never assigned to Baldwin's injured policemen.

LaPaglia says that this is just one way that she was treated differently than injured male officers, the Tribune-Review reports.

Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett declined to comment on Wednesday night, saying that he needed to talk with borough solicitor Stanley B. Lederman before making any kind of a statement.

The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch has requested a statement from Lederman and is waiting for a response.

LaPaglia's work status has been mentioned during some Baldwin Council meetings regarding the borough's 2013 budget.

Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott has been asking the council to add a police officer to his staff for 2013. But council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk has shown some hesitation in doing so, saying that he was under the impression that the borough did not need any more staffing adjustments after the council approved increased police spending for 2012 by adding supervisory positions like sergeants and lieutenants.

But Scott said that those expenses do not increase his department's roster size.

"The supervisors are also functioning as patrol officers," Scott said at an Oct. 9 council meeting, arguing that the borough is currently shorthanded by deploying only three patrol officers (for Baldwin's four police zones) at any given time.

Countered Stelmasczyk, "You guys keep taking a bite (out of the borough budget) every time. I just feel like I was not told the truth last year when we made these administrative changes. I was assured that we did not need the people."

But Scott and Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr. denied claiming, in preparation for the 2012 budget, that the department did not need more staff.

Councilman Larry Brown said on Oct. 9 that the confusion may come from the absence of an officer on long-term leave—LaPaglia—whom Baldwin police thought would be rejoining the force for 2012. It appears now that LaPaglia will not return, causing a continued shortage in staffing.

Read through other Baldwin Borough police items here.

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NB resident November 01, 2012 at 10:38 AM
She needs to get back to work, or they should let me have the job. For what they are paid she should be happy to have this job and be trying to get back there as quick as possible
cc November 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The same thing happened in Dormont years ago when their female police officer got hurt.
Jon Wain November 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
What was the nature of her injury ?
Robert Edward Healy, III November 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Sorry, Jon. I do not know.

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