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I was fired because I am white, Youngstown worker alleges in lawsuit



Published: Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 12:51 p.m.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A former 20-year city employee, fired after an arrest, is suing Youngstown and Mayor Jay Williams saying he lost his job because he’s white.

The lawsuit filed by an attorney for Robert Kauffman of West Boston Avenue acknowledges the former water department worker was fired for failing to report the loss of his driver’s license, failing to maintain a license, possession of drugs and sick-leave abuse.

But Thomas N. Michaels of Poland, Kauffman’s attorney, wrote in the lawsuit that the firing was “motivated based on [his client’s] race,” and that black employees who “engaged in the same or similar conduct” were “not terminated from their employment.”

Kauffman, 56, wants to be reinstated to his water department job that paid him $42,998.28 in annual base-pay salary. He is also seeking compensatory damages for lost wages, salary benefits, lost retirement and lost seniority as well as money for his “mental anguish and pain and suffering,” according to the lawsuit.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com


Comments

1rdl50(22 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The reason you were fired is not because of race. The bottom line is you broke basic laws of the work place, you need a license to drive, no drugs,basically you are not a very smart individual if you expect to play the race caed and win.

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2HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Black OR white, if these allegations are true and he's guilty of the above offenses, he should absolutely be fired. Case closed.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

"The lawsuit filed by an attorney for Robert Kauffman of West Boston Avenue acknowledges the former water department worker was fired for failing to report the loss of his driver’s license, failing to maintain a license, possession of drugs and sick-leave abuse.

But Thomas N. Michaels of Poland, Kauffman’s attorney, wrote in the lawsuit that the firing was “motivated based on [his client’s] race,” and that black employees who “engaged in the same or similar conduct” were “not terminated from their employment.”
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Others bad behavior should not be the basis for his job retention . Looking at the bright side now he can devote more time to his drug habit .
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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Sure , Robert Kauffman got fired because he was white and . . .. STUPID !

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5TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The real crime here is that a water department employee has a base salary of 43k.

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6Askmeificare(694 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Now before the court is case # S-T-U-P-I-D. All ye here and present for sentencing please stand.

Robert Kauffman you have been found guilty of behavior becoming stupidity, neglect, and of being stupid while being white.

This court sentences you to a FEMA camp, either in Atlanta Georgia or somewhere below the Denver Colorado Airport for genetic experimentation, and to be incarcerated for not less than 35 years and no more than 75 years.

Additionally, I find that you have brought to light a high base salary for a city street department apparently filled with drugs and unbecoming behavior.

I order the city street department to slash starting wages to $23,000.00 per year with a cap of $28,000.00 per year, effective immediately.

Case closed.

Next case please.

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7mrblue(968 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

If there are other employees who have done similiar things and have not been fired,-------- then he should name them. Their records should be checked to see if there is any truth to his claims. If he doesn't, then he really is stupid. Another thing----why would you risk losing a $43,998.28 job when there are no jobs out there?

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

This is what we voted for it will get worst.
Thank you

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9tiger09roar(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree with the "admitted" offenses of Robert Kauffman...Rule Breaker...INDEED!! Really Stupid!! Political Reporter, just doing his JOB!! You need to be on the other side of the fence....OH! thats right, you are!! Never Made a mistake? Whats salary really have to do with it? There is alot more to it than this HEAD LINE!!

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10ElPolloRetrasado(201 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

It's about time some cracker came out and made it public that he is as crazy as the rest of the race card pulling idiots in this country!! Don't kill whitey, the colored man is keeping you down Robert! Haha, come on!

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11Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein

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12TigerSis11(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Regardless of what the city worker has done, has EVERYONE missed the fact that it is against the law to view someone's personel file, let alone to publish it!

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