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Vayer case to go to mediation

WINSTED — At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21, Town Manager Dale Martin announced that former Town Manager Paul Vayer’s discrimination complaint against the town will be going to a mandatory mediation meeting July 12.Martin said the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities would likely retain the case for a full investigation.Martin did not make any further comments about the case at the meeting.Vayer, who served as a town manager during the 1990s, later served as an interim town manager starting on Jan. 3, 2011.He applied for the full-time town manager position but was passed over by the Board of Selectmen, which preferred Martin. Martin started working for the town on March 10, 2011.Vayer filed his complaint with the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in late August.According to the complaint, which was obtained by The Winsted Journal, Vayer alleges that he was not hired for the permanent town manager position because of his age, race/ethnicity and/or physical disability. Vayer is 64, white, has undergone heart surgery and is hearing-impaired.

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