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4 former JFS workers file reverse-discrimination suit

Published: Fri, June 15, 2012 @ 6:00 a.m.


Mahoning County commissioners have been hit with a reverse-discrimination lawsuit exceeding $1 million.

Four white women, including the immediate past director and three current employees of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services, sued the commissioners, saying they have suffered discrimination, retaliation and emotional distress because of the behavior of some black JFS employees.

The former JFS director, Judee L. Genetin of Canton, who resigned in November 2010 to become Portage County JFS director, said she was forced to quit her job here under intolerable conditions that amounted to a wrongful termination.

“Due to being restricted in the proper performance of her job functions by policies and procedures of Mahoning County regarding racial issues, double standards for employees depending on their race and intolerable working conditions, Plaintiff Genetin was forced to resign,” the lawsuit says.

John A. McNally IV, chairman of the commissioners, declined to comment, saying he had not seen the lawsuit. “It’s been referred to our insurance counsel,” he said.

County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains, who is in charge of the commissioners’ legal defense, declined to comment because it is pending litigation.

Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti would not comment on the lawsuit, except to wonder aloud why Genetin never expressed the complaints in her legal action while she was working for the county.

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1Silence_Dogood(1514 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Maybe we need a stronger EARTHQUAKE to get rid of all this trouble.

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2NilesOhio(868 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

It's about time things start going both ways.

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3gopherjr(10 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

It shouldn't matter what if you're black or white. The same rules should apply to all.

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4redeye1(5175 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

gopherjr You are right, but it usually doesn't work that way. The blacks always say they will contact the NAACP and the politicans run away from the problems. So I hope these women win their lawsuit.

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5chubbalubba(2 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. Color should not matter. It sounds like these commissioners need to have better control of their government employees. Quite often you hear of these shenanigans going on and no talk of productive improvement in the workplace. It is, in fact, just that. WORKplace. Why can't these people forget about the color of their skin and just go to work? Sit down in your office chair and work. Unemployment is sky high. I'm sure we can find several people to replace the ones who don't want to work. If any of these people had to work in a non-government, nonunion job they wouldn't last more than 1 day.

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6jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I love it! It's about time we turn the tables.

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