The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 24, 2013

Ex-worker claims city ‘forced’ retirement

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A former city employee is suing Sharon, claiming to have been “duped ... into retiring” from the building maintenance job he had held for 12 years.

In his civil suit filed Thursday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, Gerald C. Young, 67, said he had intended to keep working through age 70 and that the city “was engaged in a plan to eliminate older workers” for more than a year before his “forced” retirement in May 2012.

Young’s complaint filed under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, said after he was hired in 2000 he had consistently been rated high on performance evaluations and that some or all of his former maintenance duties were assigned to “younger less-qualified employees.”

Young, claiming damages in excess of $25,000, is asking for lost pay, both past and future, as well as compensation for lost fringe benefits, personal injury, compensatory damages and reasonable costs.

City Manager Scott Andrejchak said the city received a copy of the lawsuit and will “vigorously defend itself.”

He said Travelers, the city’s insurance company will handle the dispute and he declined further comment.

Young’s attorney, Neal A. Sanders, did not return a call Monday to his office in Butler.