Pittsfield mayoral candidate named in lawsuit by former coworker who claims hostile work environment
A candidate running for mayor in Berkshire County is being sued by a former coworker.
Viewers sent NewsChannel 13 the lawsuit that states issues with equal pay, gender discrimination, emotional distress and a hostile work environment.
The plaintiff, Victoria May, said it all happened while she was working at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.
In the 15-page lawsuit, May is suing the bank and three of their top executives: Marchetti, Harry “Chip” Moore and Jay Anderson.
The lawsuit mentions an instance from last October.
It said, “Marchetti flew off the handle, irrationally upset that the plaintiff received a role over him. He began yelling, red-faced and sweating, pointing in plaintiff’s face, calling her an b—h and other derogatory names, told her to shut up and told her she did not know how to do things.”
The lawsuit said May left the bank crying in the parking lot.
NewsChannel 13 contacted Marchetti. In an email he said, “As this is a case of ongoing litigation, I have no comment except to say that I dispute many of the allegations.”
In a statement on behalf of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank:
“Pittsfield Cooperative Bank is aware that Victoria May has filed a legal complaint containing allegations of harassment and discrimination. Ms. May is a former bank employee. The Bank will not comment on the circumstances surrounding her separation from employment.
In January of this year, Ms. May made an internal complaint of sexual harassment against one co-worker. The Bank responded swiftly and decidedly by hiring an outside investigator to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into her complaint. The outside investigator the Bank engaged to review Ms. May’s concerns conducted a thorough investigation and concluded that Ms. May’s complaints were unsubstantiated. Ms. May’s complaint to the Bank in January did not contain the same allegations she now asserts in the Complaint filed in the United States District Court; rather, it seems her allegations have evolved over time to become more and more salacious.
The Bank is committed to a workplace that is safe, inclusive, and free of conduct that violates the Bank’s policies, including its anti-harassment and discrimination policy. The Bank has a reasonable policy concerning reporting complaints of harassment and takes prompt action when such complaints are reported. The Bank disputes many of the allegations in Ms. May’s complaint and intends to vigorously defend itself and its employees and officers against these allegations. The Bank looks forward to its opportunity to address Ms. May’s accusations in the appropriate forum.”
The lawsuit said May did complain to HR about Marchetti.
It states, “he admitted to her that he has been in trouble in the past with the bank due to having called at least one other female employee a b***h.”
The lawsuit details alleged discrimination, including this one:
“Some males, including Marchetti, routinely received annual raises of 4% to 5% while the women usually received a 2% raise.”
It said May never received more than a 2.5%. May was the Vice President of Marketing when she started at the bank in 2016.
Marchetti’s opponent in the mayor’s race, John Krol, was also in the news recently.
The Berkshire Eagle reported Krol allegedly stole $6,800 from a nonprofit.
However, Krol denies that allegation.
In a statement, he said:
“This is obviously a politically motivated hit piece on an issue that was resolved four years ago. I’ve cleared my name with evidence and documentation from the financial institution involved. My opponent continues to bring this issue up, but it has resolved, and the community has moved on.”