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Retired South Jersey police chief, charged with strangling woman, agreed to diversionary program.

On September 15, 2023, a retired police chief for Glassboro Borough (Gloucester County, NJ) signed off on a plea calling for him to enter into New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention (PTI) Program for up to one year. The plea is intended to resolve aggravated assault and terroristic threat charges against Franklin S. Brown, Jr., currently 56, […]

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Middlesex Borough School District Paid Out $200,000 to Settle Two Students’ Claims that School Failed to Address Racially-Charged Bullying.

On May 1, 2023, a settlement was approved under which Middlesex Borough (Middlesex County, NJ) Board of Education consented to a $200,000 settlement with two high school students. The students had filed a lawsuit claiming that they had been subjected to racial slurs by other students and that district officials displayed a “deliberate indifference to […]

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Hardyston Paid Out $500,000 To Settle Female Worker’s Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit.

On May 24, 2023, Hardyston Township (Sussex County, NJ) agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former employee against the Township and a co-worker who the employee claimed was her supervisor. In her complaint, Eva Giangrasso, who worked for the township from 2014 until her termination in […]

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Lacey Township School Board Quietly Paid $300,000 To Settle Teacher’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit.

On August 28, 2023, the Lacey Township Board of Education (Ocean County, NJ) discreetly agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a teacher who said that she was fired after she was falsely accused of handling a special needs student with “excessive force.” She claimed her firing was “outrageous and unjustified” and […]

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Dunellen School Board Quietly Paid $195,000 To Settle Speech Pathologist’s Whistleblower Lawsuit.

On September 7, 2023, the Dunellen Board of Education (Middlesex County, NJ) signed off on a confidential settlement agreement that resolved a female employee’s claim that she was retaliated against for backing up another female teacher’s sexual harassment claim and for refusing to disobey state laws regarding distance learning. In her lawsuit, Monika Vakulchik, who […]