Courthouse Protest Planned in Response to Schuylkill County Discrimination Lawsuit
A Schuylkill County says expressing outrage over the current scandal at the Courthouse on social media is not enough. So, she is organizing a protest of Commissioner George Halcovage this Sunday.
Catherine Mahon tells The Canary she’s got an approved permit for a protest on the Schuylkill County Courthouse steps for March 28, from noon until 1 p.m.
She tells us the purpose of the protest is for herself and people outraged by the developments that have allegedly taken place over the last year, at least, to do more than just share those feelings online.
“I was sharing this on Facebook. Everyone agreed but no one was actually doing anything,” Mahon said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Halcovage Protest Planned for Sunday on Schuylkill County Courthouse Steps
Mahon, of course, is reacting to the news last week of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in US District Court against Halcovage, the Schuylkill County government as an employer, and several other Courthouse officials. The lawsuit filed by four anonymous County employees alleges Halcovage persistently sexually harassed them and that they were discriminated against because they are women, among numerous accusations.
Along with Halcovage and the County government, Schuylkill County Solicitor Glenn Roth, Administrator Gary Bender and HR Directors Doreen Kutzler and Heidi Zula are named as Defendants in the lawsuit.
But it’s Halcovage’s alleged actions that have drawn Mahon’s ire.
“Here we are in 2021 and he’s still County Commissioner,” she said. “He’s still getting a paycheck. He’s still in a position of authority. Women in the Courthouse are still subjected to him. It definitely feels like he’s getting away with it.”
Mahon said she doesn’t believe it should have to have come to her organizing a protest on her own to call attention to Halcovage’s alleged transgressions. She’s stunned by others’ silence on this issue so far.
“Obviously, it’s not enough if he’s still in there. I would not be doing this unless I felt like I needed to,” she said. “Politicians and political groups can’t be bothered.”
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