Somerset, Ky —
Recently, some friends and I were discussing the three settled lawsuits of the former road superintendent, former administrative assistant and the former deputy judge totaling more than $65,000 filed against the Pulaski County Fiscal Court.
One friend in the conversation commented that it didn’t cost the county any money; that the lawsuits were paid by the county’s insurance carrier.
Ask anyone who has had an automobile accident. The insurance carrier will pay your claim, all right, but did your insurance premium increase? Does that not also ring true for Pulaski County’s insurance premiums?
I would have to ask then: Pulaski County has settled three lawsuits in the past three years and there is actually another lawsuit for disability discrimination filed in the Federal Court in London, K., in Case No. 09-88-ART filed on March 16, 2009, by a former county employee asking for a trial by jury.
When the current county judge-executive gave his deposition, his statements at that time generated the filing of an amendment which was filed on April 16, 2010, adding discrimination against women.
When the former employee’s attorney asked the current Pulaski County Judge-executive the question, “Fair to say she wasn’t selected for that position, whether or not she was interviewed?” he answered, “correct”.
When the attorney asked: “Do you know why?” the county judge-executive answered, “according to the job description and stuff, I – felt like it was more of a man’s position. You know, it does require some – some hard work, and it deals with auto parts, and, you know, cases of oil and – and different things, you know.”
Upon settlement of both current lawsuits, this will mean big bucks to be paid out of our tax dollars.
I also have to ask why these last two lawsuits have never been reported by the local media. It seems to me this is big news and that we have the right to know. When it affects our pocketbooks, we need to know why.
Wouldn’t our tax dollars be better spent for the benefit of our working families
What else is out there that we don’t know about?
Science Hill, Ky.