March 13, 2006

Sexual abuse suit against Worcester Diocese caused discrimination towards Worcester City Hall employee.

Worcester Voice

Worcester Magazine this week identified a recent 2003 civil suit filed against the City of Worcester by an employee in reference to discrimination.

Clergy abuse victim Edward Gagne of Spencer in 2003 filed suit against the City of Worcester and was awarded a $135,000 settlement after he says he faced discrimination in the work place due to his filing of a clergy sexual abuse civil suit naming Fr Brendan O’Donhue and Fr Peter Inzerillo. The clergy sexual abuse suit was settled in 1999 confidentially for $300,000 dollars.

Fr. Peter Inzerillo was reassigned to St. Leo Parish in Leominster in December 2000 in direct contradiction to the verbal agreement that Mr. Gagne had with then diocesan attorneys over the future of Fr Inzerillo. Mr. Gagne in March 2001 released his confidentially agreement which identified Fr. Inzerillo as a named party in a sexual abuse suit. The release of this confidentially agreement was responsible for increased media scrutiny against the Worcester Diocese and then Bishop Daniel P. Reilly.

Posted by kshaw at March 13, 2006 07:39 AM