The state’s former director of labor relations, who claims wrongful termination for publicly criticizing state officials, has agreed to a settlement of about $325,000.
As part of the agreement, the plaintiff attorney will be reinstated to her $170,000-a-year job for one day and receive back pay dating to January, when her layoff took effect. She will then retire immediately, with nearly an extra year’s credit toward her pension. The plaintiff’s complaint against the state Office of Policy and Management was still in the administrative stages, as it was made with the state Department of Administrative Services’ Employees’ Review Board. Her complaint alleged that on November 20, 2014 she was improperly terminated.
At the meeting of the Connecticut State Employees Retirement Commission, testimony was heard concerning the East Haven Mayor’s eligibility to receive a disability pension while serving as mayor. The Mayor has been a controversial figure in recent years, most notably for the civil and criminal investigations of the East Haven Police Department following complaints of harassment of Latino residents that led to the arrest of four officers.
A couple hearings took place in regards to the plaintiff’s complaint. Then the two sides agreed to go to mediation before retired a Superior Court Judge. On October 28th, the two sides reached an agreement to resolve the dispute. “[The settlement] does have a fairly carefully crafted set of provisions about potential reemployment,” said the plaintiff’s attorney. For instance, if the position the plaintiff has vacated were it to be brought back, she would have “certain rights to resume the position,” the plaintiff’s attorney said. Otherwise, she is free to work for the state Judicial Branch or legislative branch but not the executive branch.
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