Register of Wills Denies Claims

By Cholodofsky, Rich | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 26, 2013 | Go to article overview

Register of Wills Denies Claims


Cholodofsky, Rich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A sexual harassment complaint was filed Monday against Westmoreland County Register of Wills Michael Ginsburg, his chief deputy and the county.

Katie Pecarchik of Jeannette, a deputy clerk in the office since 2003, claimed in documents filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Ginsburg and deputy register Charles Humberger repeatedly engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward her.

Ginsburg and Humberger on Monday refuted the allegations and said Pecarchik was a disgruntled employee who was an office discipline problem.

"I deny all the allegations, and I look forward to my chance to prove my innocence," Ginsburg said.

Pecarchik, through her lawyer David Millstein, said both Ginsburg and Humberger inappropriately touched her and made offensive sexual remarks and derogatory statements about African Americans, Catholics and homosexuals.

"Most of the women in the office have experienced this behavior and are afraid to come forward out of fear of losing their jobs," Millstein said.

Millstein said Ginsburg and Humberger threatened Pecarchik's job if she made a formal complaint to the county.

Pecarchik is under a doctor's care and has been off work on sick leave for the last six weeks as a result of the harassment, Millstein said.

"Emotionally, she was really struggling with the threats and the harassment. She wants the behavior to stop and for the offending parties to be sanctioned in an appropriate manner," Millstein said. …

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