Interim Labor Secretary Involved in Discrimination Complaint

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Public records show that interim Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon filed an age and gender discrimination complaint against a former employer two months before taking the state job.

Gordon’s complaint against ISS Facility Services Inc. was still open Thursday before the Kansas Human Rights Commission. Gordon, also a former legislator, filed the complaint in July.

The complaint alleges that a manager in the company’s Topeka office verbally abused Gordon because of her age and gender from August 2011 until she was fired as an account representative in March.

Gordon did not immediately respond to an interview request made through her spokeswoman at the Department of Labor. ISS officials in Topeka declined comment.

Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Gordon interim labor secretary last month, replacing then-Secretary Karin Brownlee.