City Solicitor's Office interviews allowed in discrimination suit

Attorney says age was reason for termination

October 11, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A federal magistrate has ruled that lawyers for a former assistant city solicitor may interview employees of Baltimore's law department to prepare their age discrimination case against the city.

Magistrate Judge James K. Bredar said in a decision published yesterday that although he could not issue a formal order requiring the city to allow the interviews, he also would not prohibit them.

Stanley C. Rogosin, 55, asked for an order in his lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, which alleges he was forced out last year because of his age after Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. became city solicitor.

The suit contends that Zollicoffer, who took over the office in December 1999, terminated attorneys in the department who were older than 50 and replaced them with younger, less-experienced lawyers. Rogosin, of Baltimore, spent nine years as a public defender before joining the City Solicitor's Office in 1981.

As part of the suit, Rogosin had asked for a court order permitting him to conduct informal interviews with former and present employees of the city law office.

Bredar said that he would leave it to Rogosin and his lawyers "to decide whether each such interview is appropriate."

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