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Trumbull County employee alleging a hostile work environment

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A worker for Trumbull County is alleging a hostile work environment created by the County Engineer and a County Commissioner.

Trumbull County's Executive Director of the Planning Commission, Trish Nuskievicz requested taking her compensation time, sick time, vacation, and FMLA from her job stating she has serious work-related health conditions that have been caused by working in a very hostile environment.

A letter from her physician states her conditions are a direct result of intense psychological abuse, bullying, retaliation, discrimination and general harassment brought about by the Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith and his associates.

Nuskievicz believes she is targeted for whistleblowing on attempts to get a variance for a developer that did not meet requirements under the law.

The executive director states she has worked for nearly 22 years for the planning commission and earned 9 promotions without a single negative mark on her record until she blew the whistle on the Engineers attempts to circumvent the Planning Commission's statutory authority.

She states thousands in taxpayers dollars are being wasted as employees from the engineer's office keep showing up at planning commission meetings to continue their attacks on her.

Engineer Randy Smith did not return our call for a comment. Attorney Matt Blair did. He says, "Randy Smith has never had a conversation about these issues with Trish. She is not employed by Smith at the Engineer's office. Engineer Smith has no animosity against the LGBT community."

A letter by the Executive Director of the Planning Commission stated that Commissioner Frank Fuda also sought to influence and was aggressive in trying to get her to grant the variance.

Fuda said, "All I did was call a meeting, put them all in a room and made them give their arguments to see what was the best thing to do to resolve the problem."

Executive Director Nuskievicz states, "Commissioner Frank Fuda asked a board member, "If she only hired female candidates." She took this to be discriminatory since she is a gay married woman. Fuda said, "I have no idea what she is talking about."

Nuskievicz made it clear her letter was not a resignation. She states she wants the hostile working conditions of retaliation, bullying, discrimination, and harassment addressed. Nuskievicz says following regulations do not harm anyone and assists in future planning concerns.

She has sought help from the Trumbull Human Resources Department. It had no comment due to privacy laws.

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