Erie county getting sued for discrimination by hispanic
January 25, 2013 · Print This Article
A former Erie County employee says he was fired in part because he is Hispanic, according to a lawsuit filed in Erie County court.
Aaron Voltz was fired from his job as director of Erie Count Job and Family Services in July 2011 after his ex-girlfriend accused him of rape.
The lawsuit comes about when Voltz attempted to get his job back and was denied. Voltz even attempted to accept a demotion as assistant director, but he was denied that position as well.
The lawsuit states Volts is suing under discrimination laws, both federal and state, citing ethnic, gender, and sex discrimination, citing while in the workplace one employee said he would not get a promotion because there is too much “estrogen”, in the workplace.
According to the lawsuit, Voltz is asking for more than $75,000 in both back and future pay, along with benefits, court costs, and pain with suffering.
The lawsuit names Erie County, the county board of commissioners and the Department of Job and Family Services as defendants.
Voltz believes he is more qualified than the current director, which he says has the job over him because she is a “white female”.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court, saying the defendant violated the 1964 civil rights act, the plaintiff requested a trial by jury.