Judgment Issued in a Highly Disputed Political Retaliation Case

| Dec 3, 2014 | Firm News |

After more than two years of litigation, a United Stated District Court dismissed a lawsuit by a former employee of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, who made accusations of political discrimination and retaliation. The case saved the Housing Authority considerable resources and protected its professional reputation.

Susan Volkert, a Partner and member of the Labor and Employment practice, represented the Housing Authority in the hotly-disputed case, Best v. Atlantic City Housing Authority, that involved thousands of pages of documents, and several depositions. The plaintiff alleged that he was dismissed from his position for supporting a candidate that opposed Atlantic City’s Mayor at the time, Lorenzo Langford.

In the summary Judgment ending the matter, United States District Judge Jerome B. Simandle found that there was no connection between his political affiliation and the decision to terminate his position.

“Our Labor and Employment Practice have won landmark decisions for municipalities across the state in 2014. This is another example of the high quality of work consistently performed by attorneys at the DeCotiis firm.” said Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner.

To learn more about the Labor and Employment practice’s work in New Jersey, and how it affects local, county and state government, please contact Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner, at (201) 907-5203.