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City of Lockport wins appeal in case of ousted youth and recreation director

LOCKPORT - The City of Lockport scored another victory Thursday in the wrongful termination case filed by former Lockport Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke.

The state Division of Human Rights set aside Junke's objections to a Feb. 10 ruling by an administrative law judge, who found that Junke's June 2014 ouster was triggered by the city's financial situation, not by retaliation for her alleged misuse of a city credit card or for her threat to go public with sexual harassment allegations against former Mayor Michael W. Tucker. At any rate, Judge Martin Erazo Jr. ruled that the statute of limitations on the harassment charges had expired.

"We certainly were disappointed," said Lindy Korn, Junke's attorney. She said she hasn't decided whether to keep the case open by appealing it into the court system.

Junke was off work with a back injury suffered when she fell on ice outside her office when she was terminated, but Erazo found she was not a victim of disability discrimination.

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