ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A worker at state homes for the disabled has sued his agency, saying New York officials ignored his complaints about abuse of the residents and he's facing ongoing retaliation after telling a newspaper.
Jeffrey Monsour, a 14-year employee of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, seeks unspecified damages, claiming violations of his rights to free speech and equal protection under the law, breach of contract and defamation.
Monsour works in the greater Albany area. He says he was ostracized by other staff and falsely accused of abuse after complaining about mistreatment of residents, including improper restraints, and mismanagement, like letting a pedophile attend a children's Halloween party at an amusement park.
OPWDD and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office declined to comment Tuesday on the federal suit filed Monday.