Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

Ocean Township quietly paid $110,000 to settle former manager’s whistleblower lawsuit.

On November 21, 2022, the Township of Ocean (Monmouth County, NJ) quietly paid $110,000 to its former township manager who had claimed that he was fired in late 2020 for exposing or threatening to expose what he claimed to be “unlawful, fraudulent and/or criminal behavior” of Township officials. In his lawsuit, Michael F. Muscillo, who […]

Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

Absecon paid $50,000 and resolved two disciplinary charges against a sergeant who claimed police department was “a pervasive discriminatory and hostile work environment against female officers.”

On October 1, 2021, the City of Absecon, Atlantic County NJ, paid $50,000 and resolved two disciplinary charges against a female police sergeant who claimed retaliation for objecting to not having a private area to pump her breast milk. Joyce Lee, who was hired by the Absecon Police on July 3, 2005, filed a lawsuit […]

Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

Bridgeton school board quietly paid $87,500 to settle former Assistant Superintendent’s hostile work environment lawsuit.

Update: After publishing this article, I learned that on February 18, 2019, Thomasina A. Jones, who was named as a defendant in Mr. Johnson’s lawsuit, filed her own lawsuit against the Bridgeton Board of Education and Board President Angela Edwards. That lawsuit, which is captioned Thomasina Jones v. Bridgeton Board of Education, Docket No. CUM-L-110-19, […]

Posted inNJ Police Internal Affairs Complaints

Winslow detective pleaded guilty to petty disorderly persons charge, paid $158 in court fees and assessments, forfeited public employment and retired with $4,628 monthly pension benefit.

This occurred in mid-2021, so it’s admittedly a bit stale. However, I think it’s important that outcomes of criminal cases against police officers be put into the public realm especially when neither the charge nor the outcome were ever reported by local media, which appears to be the case here. The officer in question is […]

Posted inNJ Open Government Notes

Court mulls whether Section 230 immunizes OPRAMachine from liability for a municipal clerk’s disclosure of social security numbers.

On Friday, March 3, 2023 at 9 a.m, newly appointed New Jersey Superior Court Judge Dean R. Marcolongo will hear argument on OPRAMachine’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims that it is liable for allowing the unredacted social security numbers of eighty-eight people to remain on its website for fifty-three days. One of the […]