Lawsuit claims gender discrimination at SCI-Pittsburgh

By Rich Lord
Published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on November 28, 2011.

Two former employees of the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh filed a lawsuit today in federal court accusing the prison’s former leadership of discriminating against women.

Kathleen Troy, 61, of Freedom and Nancy Orr, 55, of Richland, said in their complaint in U.S. District court that former Deputy Superintendent Martin Kovacs undermined their authority and that of other female supervisors at the North Side prison by making false accusations against them and failing to give them needed information. They said former Superintendent Melvin Lockett berated Ms. Orr in front of peers and mocked her hearing problems.

The lawsuit by attorney Vicki Kuftic Horne said they were driven from their jobs and demanded that they be compensated for lost wages, pain and suffering.

Mr. Kovacs and Mr. Lockett are among four top prison administrators who were dismissed in May. Since then, seven SCI-Pittsburgh guards have been indicted on [accusations] that they abused inmates or helped others to abuse inmates.

3 Ex-BNY Mellon Employees Win Arbitration Award

By Jen Zimmerman
Published by The Legal Intelligencer & PA Law Weekly on July 19, 2011.

v. BNY Mellon Capital Markets

Date of Verdict: June 14.
Court and Case No.: FINRA Case No. 10-02363.
Arbitrators: Roger W. Van Deusen, Charles B. Jarrett Jr., Timothy Shay Davis.
Type of Action: FINRA – Associated Persons v. Member.
Injuries: Wrongful discharge and defamation.
Plaintiffs’ Attorney: Vicki Kuftic Horne, Pittsburgh.
Plaintiffs’ Expert: David Kaplan, accounting.
Defense Counsel: Catherine S. Ryan, Reed Smith, Pittsburgh.

On Feb. 14, 2009, BNY MCM terminated the employment of [Client 1] and [Client 2] after the company asserted that the employees had engaged in misconduct, according to the respondents’ answer to the statement of claims. [Client 3] resigned in anticipation of termination.

Vicki Kuftic Horne, the claimants’ attorney, argued that the former employees, who were FINRA member firm registered representatives, had engaged in trading activities that BNY MCM had supervised and approved.

“BNY knew of [the claimants’ actions] and permitted them to undertake the trading activities in the ARS transactions,” Horne stated. However, “when market conditions resulted in the public and regulators questioning whether or not customers’ repurchase of their own ARS was appropriate,” BNY MCM became concerned, Horne said.

 

A FINRA arbitration panel composed of Roger W. Van Deusen, presiding chair; Charles B. Jarrett, Jr., public arbitrator; and Timothy shay Davis, a nonpublic arbitrator, heard the case.

On June 14, the Arbitrators determined that BNY MCM was liable. The panel members wrote that they had “found no basis for any discharge for cause, no basis for an allegation of non-compliance with State and Federal Securities Laws and Regulations, and no basis for negative and/or defamatory statement[s] concerning [the claimants’] conduct while employee[s] of BNY Mellon.”

The panel awarded [Client 1], [Client 2], and [Client 3] with $697,363.18, $432,264.96, and $379,981.36, respectively. The damages total just over $1.5 million and they are to be paid by BNY MCM.