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Former Lockport recreation director mulling appeal of state Human Rights ruling

LOCKPORT – The attorney for former Lockport Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke said Thursday that her client is considering whether to appeal the ruling from the state Division of Human Rights that she has no probable cause to pursue a discrimination action against the city, which abolished her job while she was on medical leave last year.

“A plaintiff in discrimination cases only loses when they stop trying to win,” Buffalo attorney Lindy Korn said. The Human Rights ruling gave her 60 days to appeal the “no probable cause” finding to State Supreme Court, or 15 days to request a review by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“We have to decide. That’s only one of the options we have,” Korn said.

Junke also could file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. If so, she wouldn’t face the same deadlines as in state court, where the time for a suit has run out.