Clarion University employee accuses school of harassment, retaliation

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 19, 2018

ERIE — An employee is suing Clarion University of Pennsylvania, citing alleged harassment and retaliation.

Katrina Horner filed a complaint June 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the university for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was initially hired by Clarion in June or July 2004 into a temporary position and was promoted to administrative assistant in June 2008. During her employment, Horner said she made claims pertaining to human resources manager Timothy Fogarty's conduct and was allegedly later subjected to constant harassment and retaliation from her co-workers.

In addition, Horner alleges that a member of the human resources department told a fellow employee to increase surveillance of Horner.

As a result, Horner claims she suffered harm to her reputation, adverse effects on her career and emotional distress.

The plaintiff alleges that the university took no corrective action despite receiving several complaints from an employee regarding harassment and retaliation in the workplace.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus attorney's fees, costs and any other relief or damages deemed proper by the court. She is represented by Robert Bracken of Bracken Law Firm LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00778-NBF

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