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Lawsuit claims that RVCC officials engaged in “unlawful and fraudulent” conduct.

Update: By way of an August 6, 2018 Order and Opinion, Superior Court Judge Thomas C. Miller granted RVCC’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed Hudson’s complaint in its entirety.
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On May 25, 2016, the former head of the Massage Therapy Program filed suit against her former employer, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), claiming that she was fired after raising concerns that college officials “perpetrated a fraud” by “improperly receiving grant funds” from state and federal agencies.

In her lawsuit, Marlene Hudson claimed that she was surprised when she was asked to produce curriculum materials for the massage therapy program when she was hired in 2015 because RVCC had been receiving state and federal grants for the program “for several years.”

She said that Jacki Belin, RVCC’s Vice President for Strategic Programs & Development, “responded angrily” during a September 2015 when Hudson raised her concerns.  Hudson claimed that she was fired at an October 30, 2015 meeting at which Belin, Workforce Director Michelle Boronkas, Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations Nancy Moore and Human Resources Director Cheryl Wallace were present.

The allegations in Hudson’s complaint are merely allegations–nothing has been proven–and the burden of proof is on Hudson. The matter will either be settled or proceed to a trial.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project