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New Jersey teacher vindicated in wrongful termination case

Whenever a case of wrongful termination results in a jury awarding the plaintiff more than three-and-a-half million dollars, headlines are certain to be made. That's exactly what has happened in the case of a New Jersey teacher who feels she has now been vindicated after being fired without due cause several years ago. The precedent for her claims of wrongful termination began several years ago while she was dating a co-worker at the Newark Valley school where they both taught.

At the time, she was an instructor of physical education. She also coached the field hockey team. Her boyfriend, also a coach for field hockey, was eventually fired for sexual misconduct. He is now serving time for a 30-year sentence he received in 2009 for sex offenses against his field hockey players from the school.

Despite her claims of ignorance of her boyfriend's sexual misconduct, she was also fired by the school on the grounds that she should have known what her boyfriend was doing. Her firing was the catalyst for her to file a wrongful termination suit against the school. The wrongful termination eventually case went to a New Jersey jury of six persons who awarded millions in her favor.

The financial award breakdown includes more than $350,000 in lost wages, more than $2 million for anticipated earnings that she is expected to lose, and about $1 million for emotional distress, combined with mental anguish. She hopes to clear her reputation so she can once again teach. Though her former employer lost the wrongful termination case, a spokesperson for the school district noted that the school would consider appealing the decision.

Source: pressconnects.com, Jury awards $3.5M to former Newark Valley teacher, David Robinson, Sept. 19, 2013

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