Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emergency Dispatchers File Lawsuits Charging Harassment

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emergency Dispatchers File Lawsuits Charging Harassment

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Three current or former Allegheny County 911 emergency dispatchers filed separate lawsuits Wednesday claiming that supervisors sexually harassed them or discriminated against them.

Kelli Rodriguez, Dapree Thompson and Ruby Helvy are seeking lost pay, damages for humiliation and legal fees stemming from a work environment that they say included racial slurs and, for one, insults so loud they interfered with a 911 call.

Joseph Pometto, who represents all three women, said it was horrible that a hostile environment exists when it's crucial that dispatchers perform at 100 percent.

"There are peoples' lives at stake when they are performing their jobs," he said.

Allegheny County doesn't comment on lawsuits, a county spokeswoman said. County solicitor Andrew Szefi could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Ms. Rodriguez, 34, of Verona, who is Hispanic, started working there in 2013. She claimed her training supervisor sexually harassed and threatened her. …

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