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Former New Jersey City administrator alleges wrongful termination

The concept of wrongful termination can stem from many different origins, depending upon the individual who believes he or she was "let go" from an employer in an unlawful manner. Consequently, each case of alleged wrongful termination carries with it a burden of proof that is very specific to the incidents or actions that purportedly occurred. For instance, a former Business Administrator of the New Jersey city of Vineland claims that his colleagues sought illegal means to get rid of him, even though he was doing his job as expected.

The employee in this instance was hired in Aug. 2013. His tenure lasted less than a year, as he was fired unanimously during a special meeting of the City Council in late spring 2014. The reason he was allegedly given for his termination was that he had failed to appear in order to give testimony following his receipt of a subpoena. He asserts that he never said he would not appear but that the subpoena was improperly served upon him.

The former employee alleges that the City Council undertook a number of underhanded actions in order to justify his removal. One such action was the hiring of an independent attorney to investigate him. The attorney's salary was apparently paid for by using the New Jersey city's funding. The Council's leadership does not deny that it hired the attorney, but claims that it was within its rights to do so.

The plaintiff alleges that his wrongful termination was in violation of the state's Conscientious Protection Act. Although he is pursuing legal means to monetary damages for his firing, the specific amount was not disclosed. In similar cases, plaintiffs often ask courts to enter a monetary judgment to cover lost wages and other financial losses.

Source: thedailyjournal.com, "Lutz attorney says firing will cost city millions", Joseph P. Smith, June 13, 2014

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