Thursday, May 23, 2002

Councilman accused of discrimination




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A former aide to Cincinnati Councilman John Cranley has filed a complaint alleging discrimination after the councilman let him go following the 2001 election.

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        Larry J. Frazier, an African-American who worked as an aide to former Councilman Todd Portune, stayed with Mr. Cranley after the Price Hill Democrat was appointed to Mr. Portune's seat in 2001.

        After the election, Mr. Cranley dismissed Mr. Frazier and hired a white aide, according to a complaint to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Unlike other city employees, council aides do not enjoy civil-service protection.

        Mr. Cranley said he was hurt by the complaint.

        “I've never discriminated against anyone any time in my entire life, and I'm very upset by the allegation,” he said.

        OCRC complaints are usually kept secret while the commission investigates, but Mr. Frazier made his complaint public at a recent council meeting.

       



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