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Bridgeton Board of Ed Supervisor sued for alleged racist, sexually harassing comment

Issue Detail:

I recently became aware of a lawsuit filed on September 2, 2008 by a former Bridgeton school guidance counselor against the Bridgeton Board of Education. In her suit, Combs v. Bridgeton Board of Education, Docket No. CUM-L-1069-08, Angela Combs accused her supervisor, Robert Cwik, of sexually harassing and racially discriminating against her. She also accuses school principal Lynn Williams of ignoring her complaints about Cwik's alleged conduct. The exact nature of Cwik's alleged comments, which are very graphic and should not be viewed by those who are sensitive, are contained within paragraph 23 of Comb's complaint, which is on-line here. According to Gannett's "DataUniverse" web site, Cwik and Williams received salaries of $86,537 and $123,346, respectively, from the Board of Education in 2009. The pretrial discovery period will end in October 2010 and a trial notice will issue soon thereafter. I'll be checking on this case to see if it settles or whether it goes to trial and will keep this list informed. At this point, the allegations against Cwik and Williams are just that--allegations. It their responses to the suit, both Cwik and Williams have denied the complaint's allegations. Readers, therefore, should not draw any inferences or conclusions based on these unproven allegations. ABOUT ME AND WHY I'M POSTING THIS. I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project which seeks to increase governmental transparency and accountability, particularly at a local level. For more information on the Libertarian Party, go to http://www.njlp.org. As part of my work, I routinely check civil court cases where at least one of the parties is a government agency or official. I post them on the Libertarian Party's blog at http://njcivilsettlements.blogspot.com and other public forums because I believe that civil cases are of interest to citizens and taxpayers. John Paff Somerset, New Jersey




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