The former employee had the job for 14 years.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A federal lawsuit has been filed against two Union Township supervisors accused of violating the civil rights of a former employee.
Cathy Schmidt, who for the past 14 years was the township's secretary-treasurer, claims she was not rehired this past January because of her support of Patrick Angiolelli, who was running for the job of Union Township supervisor last fall.
His opponent, Kevin Guinaugh, who won the election, and Supervisor Ralph Nuzzo are named in the federal lawsuit. Supervisor Steve Galizia was not named in the lawsuit. Galizia voted against hiring another woman who was named to Schmidt's job.
What's being sought: Schmidt is asking for lost wages and benefits, as well as compensatory damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress and humiliation. The amount of money being sought by Schmidt was not specified in the lawsuit.
Court papers say Schmidt of R.D. 1, Box 2329, New Castle, was fired Jan. 7, 2002, in response to her support of Angiolelli in the most recent election.
Court records said Schmidt decided to support Angiolelli's campaign after Guinaugh told her in December 2000 that he would not seek re-election because he wanted to move to Colorado.
Guinaugh, however, did decide to seek re-election in January 2001 and was re-elected.
Guinaugh and Nuzzo at their January reorganization meeting agreed to hire Sally Byler, a former township supervisor and auditor, as secretary/treasurer over Schmidt, who held the post since 1988.