The opening salvos have been fired in a discrimination lawsuit between a Williamstown police sergeant and the town.
Now it is up to U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson to decide whether there are grounds to proceed with a large piece of the suit filed by Scott McGowan.
Last month, the attorneys for the town, Town Manager Jason Hoch and Police Chief Kyle Johnson asked Robertson to dismiss three of McGowan's five complaints. Counts 3, 4 and 5 seek unspecified damages for handicap discrimination, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and violation of the federal Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Services, and Developmental Disabilities Act of 1978.
On Friday, McGowan's attorney filed his response to that request.
The 13-page submission from Boston attorney David A. Russcol covers many of the same allegations made in McGowan's original lawsuit, with an emphasis on how the facts not in dispute support the discrimination claim.
Read the entire story now  at iBerksires.Com.

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