The IRS is being sued for retaliation by one of its employees. Anthony Zecchino, who worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Nevada for 14 years, claims that he was retaliated against for filing a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
According to Zecchino, after he filed the EEOC discrimination claim, he was denied sick leave, assigned to work at a kiosk, denied a transfer to another IRS office, and was targeted for criminal prosecution on allegations of illegal acts and theft of government funds.
Zecchino denies having engaged in unlawful acts and claims that his being threatened with criminal prosecution was an attempt by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Newman to intimidate him into dropping his discrimination claim.
Zecchino filed the EEOC discrimination claim after allegedly being subjected to a hostile work environment because of his Italian heritage. Zecchino claims that he was subjected to derogatory and “ethnically inappropriate” comments about his Italian ethnicity.