Longtime employee of BerkshireWorks files discrimination complaint
PITTSFIELD -- A longtime employee of the BerkshireWorks Career Center has filed a discrimination complaint against the career center and the city of Pittsfield, The Eagle has learned.
The complaint was filed by Daniel L. Collins, who is currently the manager of human resources at BerkshireWorks, and has been an employee of the career center for more than 35 years.
It was not clear on Thursday what Collins was alleging in his complaint, which was filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
MCAD spokesman Keith Healey declined to comment on the specifics of Collins' complaint other than to say that it has been filed.
"It's an active investigation at this time," Healey said.
Collins also declined comment, referring all inquiries to his attorney, Richard M. Dohoney of Pittsfield. Dohoney is traveling and could not be reached.
William Monterosso, who took the helm in January as the executive director of BerkshireWorks, recently was placed on paid leave from the agency.
Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, who hired Monterosso, has declined comment on his status because it is a personnel matter. The mayor could not be reached on Thursday regarding the complaint.
A Pittsfield native, Monterosso returned to the Berkshires from West Virginia, where he had served as the executive director of the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. He has 15 years of experience in workforce development, having also held positions in that field in the state of Kentucky.
The BerkshireWorks Career Center is a quasi-public agency chartered by the Berkshire Regional Employment Board to provide job training, planning and assistance to county residents. The mayor of Pittsfield is the appointing authority by virtue of being the leading elected official of the county's largest municipality.
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