September 27, 2013

Discrimination complaint involving Portland city councilor validated

A state panel urges Casco Bay Island Transit District to settle the ferry pilot's complaint involving Nick Mavodones Jr.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Mavodones' version of the incident is slightly different. He said he tried saying hello to Tracy, who replied, "I'm done talking to you," and walked off before Mavodones could respond.

Mavodones said he followed Tracy to his vessel to ask him what he meant. They talked briefly about Tracy's safety concern, and Tracy said that he would talk only with Berg.

Mavodones said he then took a step toward Tracy and said, "Are you sure you want to start playing these (expletive) games again."

Mavodones said Tracy then pushed Mavodones, causing him to fall backwards against some chairs.

Tracy left the area and Mavodones yelled to him, "You're out of here. You're going home."

Mavodones later told Berg and other employees that Tracy had assaulted him.

Berg conducted a brief investigation of the incident and agreed with Mavodones, although he concluded that Mavodones could have handled the situation better.

Hewey, the district's lawyer, said Tracy had an opportunity to appeal his suspension through arbitration, as outlined in his union's collective bargaining agreement, but did not. She also disputed several facts outlined in the commission's report.

Based on the commission's decision this week, the two sides are asked to conciliate, or settle the dispute. The process is confidential unless all parties agree to make it public.

Tracy also has the option of bringing the matter to court, but declined to say whether he plans to do so.

There has historically been tension between boat captains and management at Casco Bay Lines. In 2006, longtime manager Patrick Christian stepped down on the same day an independent investigator issued a report detailing longstanding unresolved conflicts. 

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