The Penn Record May 9, 2016, 6:35pm


PITTSBURGH — A towing company and its owner are suing Borough of Brownsville, Stanley Jablonski and Lester J. Ward, government officials, citing alleged gender discrimination and breach of agreement.

Mary Beth Stanilaw and Mary Beth's Towing LLC filed a complaint on April 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging that they failed to comply with a towing-services agreement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, since April 11, 2013, Mary Beth Stanilaw and Mary Beth's Towing LLC has not receive any towing request, despite the assurance that they would be used in the regular tow rotation for the Borough of Brownsville. In or about February 2015, defendant Jablonski, the borough police chief, told them that they would not be permitted to provide towing services, according to the suit, which says that during a public forum at Brownsville’s council meeting on February 10, 2015, defendant Lester J. Ward, the Brownsville mayor, promised to take action with regard to their complaints.

To date, defendants have taken no action to cure these issues, the suit says. As a result, the defendants claim emotional distress, emotional trauma, economic damages and a damaged reputation. The suit says the defendants' action were taken deliberately and for the purpose of discriminating against her, and says the towing companies used by the borough are owned by men. The plaintiffs holds Borough of Brownsville, Stanley Jablonski and Lester J. Ward responsible because the defendants allegedly have never contacted them to request towing services, either directly or through any third party, despite occasional specific requests by various individuals to use the plaintiff company.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants in an amount in excess of $75,000, attorney’s fees and costs of suit and such other relief as the court deems reasonable and proper. They are represented by Joel S. Sansone of Law Offices of Joel Sansone in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00452

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