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LAWRENCE COUNTY Ex-coach sues over dismissal



Published: Thu, August 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The former coach contends he learned of his dismissal in a local newspaper.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Frank Geneviva wants his job back.

The former head coach of the Lincoln High School cross-country team in Ellwood City has filed a lawsuit in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court alleging the district replaced him because of his age.

Geneviva, 59, of R.D. 3, Ellwood City, started coaching both the boys and girls teams in 1987. He was replaced as the boys coach in June 2000 and relieved of his duties as girls coach in 2001, the lawsuit said.

He is asking a judge reinstate him to his old position with back pay and is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory damages and legal fees.

Geneviva first took his claim to the Pennsylvania Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in November 2001.

In May the EEOC dismissed Geneviva's charge and informed him of his right to sue in common pleas court.

Effects of dismissal

The lawsuit says Geneviva suffered "economic injury" as well as embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress and mental anguish over being replaced.

It also notes that Geneviva was given no explanation for his dismissal and learned of it by reading a local newspaper.

He was replaced by much younger people as coaches for both the boys and girls teams, the lawsuit contends.

Schools Superintendent Francis Keller refused to comment when reached Wednesday afternoon. Keller said he had not seen a copy of the lawsuit.




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