An employee for the State of New Jersey recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his employer. In his lawsuit, the division manager claims he was the victim of racial harassment after reporting the mistreatment of a disabled woman under the care of a private employee hired by the state agency. The state employee of the Division of Developmental Disabilities alleges he experienced retaliation in the workplace and was harassed after notifying his employer of the abusive treatment.
Facts of the Whistleblower Lawsuit
The Human Services case manager was notified by the disabled woman’s mother of a problem regarding the treatment and care of her daughter. The mother’s complaint to the state employee included that a private company hired by the state agency, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, had shaved parts of the disabled woman’s body without prior permission. The state case manager proceeded with a written complaint for the benefit of the disabled woman.
According to the lawsuit filed in NJ Superior Court in Passaic County, the employee’s manager amended the report to conceal the complaint of mistreatment and improper conduct. The employee was also directed to attend psychological counseling, which he refused. The retaliatory behavior by the state agency did not end there. The employee’s supervisors began to bombard him with excessive meetings, and ultimately suspended him. It is interesting to note that prior to this instance, the case manager had a solid, exemplary 11 year record of employment with the state agency.
Moreover, within a month of the case manager filing the written complaint for the disabled woman, he found a stuffed monkey with a whistle tied around its neck in his filing cabinet. The toy monkey had a string attached to its neck with a sign that read, “Whistle blow on this monkey,” alleges the lawsuit.
The plaintiff in this case is African-American. The toy monkey in this case insinuates racial harassment to this worker in his own work office area. Moreover, the stuffed toy was meant to intimidate the state worker and retaliate against him for “whistle blowing.” As a result of this toxic prank, the case manager has had to seek medical care due to stress and take a medical leave of absence from his job. The NJ employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates in Philadelphia will continue to monitor this noteworthy whistleblower case.
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If you have been the victim of harassment or retaliatory actions by an employer, contact the experienced New Jersey whistle blower lawyers of Sidney L. Gold & Associates. We represent employees throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, PA. Call our law offices today at 215-569-1999 or submit an online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation.