Former Lackawanna County Jail administrator sues over firing

June 30 – A former deputy director of Lackawanna County Prison filed a federal lawsuit against the county alleging he was released in violation of the Age Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

David Langan, 59, says district officials told him he was released in June 2020 as part of a reorganization of the prison’s administrative management team. He claims the real reason for his release is because he applied for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act in 2019 to receive treatment for a torn Achilles tendon, which he believes is considered a disability by the ADA.

The lawsuit also alleges that the county violated age discrimination laws because a younger employee replaced him.

“Under county guidelines, we do not comment on any pending litigation, but we are aware of the filing and will vigorously defend the interests of Lackawanna County on the matter,” said Donald Frederickson, general counsel for the county, in an email.

The lawsuit is one of two lawsuits that Langan has filed against his dismissal. The other case, filed in Lackawanna County Court, claims the prison violated state law for open gatherings by voting to remove him at a secret meeting that was not done in advance under the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act was announced. This case remains pending.

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