Law­maker files dis­crim­i­na­tion suit

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A Rhode Is­land law­maker has filed a law­suit against the city of Prov­i­dence, claim­ing she was pun­ished when she ad­dressed sus­pected dis­crim­i­na­tion against a His­panic co-worker.

The fed­eral law­suit filed by Demo­cratic Sen. Ana Quezada claims Prov­i­dence’s Depart­ment of In­spec­tion and Stan­dards al­lows dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Quezada al­leges that a His­panic col­league in the depart­ment was passed over for a job he was qual­i­fied for. Ac­cord­ing to the suit, the depart­ment said it was not hir­ing for the po­si­tion and later added new re­quire­ments. Quezada says she was sus­pended for five days from her po­si­tion as an in­spec­tor after she asked di­rec­tor Jef­frey Lykins about the depart­ment’s hir­ing prac­tices.

Prov­i­dence of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment when reached by WJAR-TV, cit­ing pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

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