Veteran sues the Bonneville Power Administration alleging discriminatory hiring practices


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PORTLAND, Oregon — A veteran has filed suit against the Bonneville Power Administration, alleging he's one of the victims of hiring discrimination at the power-marketing agency.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1paOvSE ) Bruce Prunk is seeking lost wages and financial damages of $500,000. He says he was passed over for a job interview for a management and program analyst job.

Prunk is a retired Portland deputy police chief and former Brigadier General in the Oregon Air National Guard.

His attorney, Thomas Patton, says the suit is the first of many he plans to file against the agency.

Two officials resigned after allegations surfaced of discriminatory hiring practices involving veterans and reports of managers retaliating against whistle-blowers.

The BPA markets power from 31 federal dams and manages much of the region's power grid.

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