In the lawsuit, Voltz claims Erie County discriminated against him because of his Hispanic ethnicity and because of his male gender in what the suit claims was a female-dominated workplace.
Voltz is seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages, back pay and costs, among other things.
Erie County Commissioners fired Voltz in July 2011 after Voltz was charged with the rape of a Huron woman. A Huron police report contains a detailed account of the incident, but the charges were later dropped because the alleged victim refused to cooperate with prosecutors and asked that the case be dismissed.
Commissioners have defended their decision to fire Voltz, saying Voltz — at the time the newly named department director — was under a 180-day probationary period with a zero tolerance stipulation for any conduct detrimental to the department.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's Register for an analysis of the lawsuit, comments from board chairman Bill Monaghan and a timeline of events leading to the suit.
Click below to read the lawsuit.