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Allentown faces gender discrimination lawsuit

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown business owner is suing the city, Mayor Ed Pawlowski and PennDOT over what she says is gender discrimination.

Laurie Atiyeh, the owner of Lehigh Valley Properties, claims that back in 2011 the city issued a condemnation action against her property on North Ivy Street for the American Parkway extension project. She claims the city failed to offer her fair market value.

In the lawsuit, Atiyeh says she tried to contact the city to discuss the situation, but no one ever responded. But, she says the city did negotiate with a church across the street.

Atiyeh believes she was treated differently because she is a woman.

She's asking for more than $1 million in damages.

An Allentown official says the city has not been served with the lawsuit and has no comment.

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