KEYPORT — The borough settled an eight-count hostile work environment lawsuit with three police officers with a $40,000 payment, an open government advocate has reported on his blog.
John Paff, a Libertarian party operative who is known for his work ferreting out settlements from New Jersey municipalities and demanding public records accountability, posted on Thursday the details of the settlement and the case documents to his blog, NJ Civil Settlements.
The lawsuit stems from the 2012 arrest of the former borough manager, Lorene Wright. Wright was arrested after she assaulted Det. Shannon Torres during a heated car accident investigation in the Borough Hall parking lot, according to case documents and an NJ.com report.
Wright served a one-day suspension and went through eight hours of sensitivity training after she pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer, according to an Asbury Park Press report.
In the aftermath of the arrest, Torres and two other officers involved in the arrest and accident report claim that Wright and other Keyport officials created a hostile working environment which included having lit cigarettes flicked at them among other complaints.