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April 2, 2013

Councilor sues state over her demotion

Manning-Martin claims discrimination because of illness, sister's politics

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Instead, she was given a newly created position, director of treatment, with no duties, the complaint alleges.

“Upon information and belief, this decision was made by the Governor’s Office, EOPSS (Executive Office of Public Safety and Security) and/or the DOC (Department of Correction),” the complaint says.

Meanwhile, a new deputy, William Devine, was hired at a salary of nearly $105,000 a year. In response to all this, Martin has filed complaints of discrimination with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“Ms. Manning currently spends her days sitting in an office at the Shattuck with no responsibilities,” the lawsuit claims, “has been denied promotion opportunities ... and has lost the wages she earned and should have continued to earn as deputy superintendent.”

Her application for another job at the women’s prison in Framingham was rejected.

The lawsuit asks that Manning-Martin be reinstated as the Shattuck deputy and compensated for lost wages, as well as emotional pain and damage to her reputation. She also wants to state to pay her legal costs and asks the judge to assess punitive damages.

Manning-Martin, who ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2002, previously worked for 13 years as a caseworker for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Mary-Ellen Manning gave up her seat as a governor’s councilor to run for state Senate last year, but lost in the Democratic primary to Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely.

The governor’s office did not respond to requests for a comment yesterday.

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