Ex-employee claims Pennsylvania gaming board fired him for reporting violation – Allentown Morning Call

A former Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board employee claims in a federal whistleblower lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for reporting what he believed were violations of the Gaming Act by a commissioner and the board’s executive director.

Carl Dixson of Northumberland County worked as director of the board’s gaming laboratory until April 2016, when he was terminated and cut off from his health insurance and other benefits, his lawsuit says. He alleges his firing was discriminatory because he missed work as a result of Lyme disease and other health problems.

Dixson also claims the board’s director of human resources targeted him in an investigation and tried to characterize him as a “ghost employee” after he made reports to the Pennsylvania attorney general and auditor general about a private company doing work for the gaming board.

Attorney Lisa Matukaitis of Harrisburg filed the lawsuit on Dixson’s behalf last month. She did not return a phone call Monday. A gaming control board spokesman said the agency did not respond.

The lawsuit alleges William Ryan Jr., who was then the board chairman, sought preferential treatment for Gaming Laboratories International to do work for the gaming control board in exchange for personal gain, including the potential to work for the company in the future. Dixson’s suit claims the work the company did for the gaming control board was already being performed by his department, making the payments a waste of public money. Dixson claims his superiors at the gaming control board knew that he made the complaints.

After Dixson reported his concerns to the outside agencies between August and October 2015, his health conditions worsened as a result of additional stress caused by the investigation of his work hours, harassment and retaliation, the suit says.

And although Dixon received a positive performance

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