A former principal at Lincoln College in Edison will obtain greater than $300,000 in a settlement following a lawsuit he filed in opposition to the varsity, claiming they did not renew his contract as a result of he was overtly homosexual.
Timothy Hart, who was employed by the district in 2004, filed a discrimination swimsuit in opposition to the varsity in 2017 after discovering out one of many college board members, Theresa Ward, penned a letter to the administration calling Hart a “brazen hussy.”
The letter additionally stated, Hart “needs to be eliminated earlier than he does one thing actually bizarre,” courtroom paperwork confirmed.
Hart alleges that Ward satisfied the vast majority of the board to vote in opposition to renewing his contract regardless of college Superintendent Richard O’Malley’s advice to rehire Hart, Hart’s lawyer, R. Armen McOmber of McOmber & McOmber, P.C., informed NJ Advance Media final 12 months.
Neither Edison College Board President Jerry Shi or nor Vice President Beth Moroney have been instantly obtainable for remark.
Hart will obtain a $307,500 settlement, which was permitted by the Edison Board of Schooling late final month. The board stated the settlement was made with no act of contrition by the district.
“I’m happy with this settlement and really feel that it’s a cheap conclusion to this matter,” stated Hart, who’s now a principal within the Livingston College District. “I’m happy with what was completed throughout my time main Lincoln Elementary College.”
McOmber stated he’s happy with the settlement and believes it’s a honest conclusion for Hart.
“We’re proud to have represented Mr. Hart, who’s an excellent educator and might now transfer ahead with this behind him.”