Robert B. Woodruff and Kieran M. Dowling settled an employment matter on behalf of the plaintiff, who was employed by the Bayonne Board of Education. The plaintiff worked as a teacher, educational service professional, and school administrator.
The board denied the plaintiff a promotion because of her familial relationship with the former Mayor and former Business Administrator, whom the individual defendants had political animus towards. This violated the plaintiff’s protected rights as set forth in the New Jersey Constitution, particularly the First Amendment, which secures plaintiff’s right of intimate association (NJ Civil Rights Act, N.J.S.A. 10:6-2).
The parties settled the matter for $185,000.00. Furthermore, the defendants guaranteed the superintendent shall recommend the plaintiff for the first available Vice Principal position.