EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — A newly elected state representative is facing a possible reprimand from Everett's Common Council for allegedly berating restaurant employees for seating him near a special needs child.

Everett Democrat Wayne Matewsky is a longtime Common Council member who won a special election for the Statehouse earlier this month. He denies restaurant workers' version of the events.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bo.st/1312dvg ) the council's ethics committee recommended last Tuesday that Matewsky be reprimanded for misconduct at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Everett on March 6. The council is expected to take up the proposal Tuesday.

Restaurant workers say Matewsky used profane language. Matewsky says he never saw a special needs child and was bothered by loud music and peanut shells on the floor. He apologized to staff a week later.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe