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The Watson Institute sued by former employee fired over treatment of student


By Carrie Bradon | Apr 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing the Watson Institute, alleging that he was unfairly terminated from his workplace.

Christopher Dixon filed a complaint on April 2 in the Western District Court against The Watson Institute, doing business as Education Center South. The Watson Institute is an educational organization in Western Pennsylvania made up of special education schools, programs and resources for children with special needs and their families.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place while the plaintiff was employed by the defendant from December 2017 to May 24, 2018. 

The plaintiff was called into a meeting with his supervisor and was told that he had been overly stern with a student as well as being accused of demeaning the student and raising his voice to the student. The plaintiff reported the behavior of a male teacher who repeatedly treated the plaintiff poorly but the plaintiff was told that the treatment was not an issue, the suit claims.

Dixon says he was the subject of harassment at work, which he complained about and on May 23, 2018, he was told that he was being investigated and his payment was suspended.

On May 24, 2018 the plaintiff was terminated after being accused of treating students poorly, the suit says.

The defendant is accused of violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and sex discrimination.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Joel S. Sansone of the Law Offices of Joel Sansone in Pittsburgh.

The Western District Court Case number 2:19-CV-00364

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