Former Lawrence city worker claims racial biasAP , Associated Press
Aug. 14, 2013 9:28 AM ET
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A former Lawrence city employee has filed a discrimination complaint against the city, claiming he was fired for refusing an order to return to work while caring for his terminally ill wife even as four minority city employees facing criminal charges were kept on indefinite paid leave.
Tom Sapienza, who is white, said in the complaint filed last week with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that he was fired in November after being denied a request for 90 days of unpaid leave.
He said at the same time, three Latino and one black city employee continued to collect paychecks and benefits, including one charged with child rape.
Sapienza's lawyer tells The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/124BHTF ) his client's wife has died and he moved to Arizona.
Mayor William Lantigua did not respond to messages.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com