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September 23, 2005

A lawsuit alleging discrimination against men has been filed against, of all employers, the New York Department of Labor.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Albany by Michael Cunningham, the department's director of training. He names the department's top three officials as defendants and seeks $1 million in damages.

Cunningham says in the suit that he complained to his immediate supervisor, Deputy Commissioner Mary Hines, about the lack of minority hiring and promotions. He also told her that all the people being appointed to management positions were women. After that, he says, he was verbally abused and suffered a hostile work environment.

Cunningham's lawyer, Kenneth Varley, said the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reviewed the complaint but did not issue a finding.

A Labor Department spokesman would not comment on the litigation, except to note that department's second highest-ranking official is a man.

Source: Associated Press, via Newsday

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