Linden Settles Lawsuit

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LINDEN—A lawsuit filed against the city by Dawn E. Kologi, the wife of Linden City Attorney Edward Kologi, has been settled by the City Council for $142,000.

Mrs. Kologi, who resides in Brielle, filed a notice of claim Jan. 29, 2008 stating that she suffered a loss of authority while assistant superintendent of the Department of Recreation and Community Services and was illegally prevented from being promoted.

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Mrs. Kologi claimed that Council President Robert Bunk and his daughter, Lenore Price, engaged in harassment and workplace retaliation after Mrs. Kologi reprimanded Price in December 2005.

Mrs. Kologi’s lawyer, Domenick Carmagnola, said his client endured direct and intentional retaliation after she reported Price’s misconduct to Recreation Superintendent Alfred Volpe, because officials placed her on administrative leave without any explanation.

While many taxpayers are angry about the deal engineered by Bunk and his daughter, one political insider noted that $142,000 is far less than the $2 million Mrs. Kologi’s lawyer demanded in the civil lawsuit.

Mrs. Kologi’s lawsuit accused city officials of violating the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, wrongful discharge, violation of the state Constitution and Civil Rights Act, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent investigation.

As a condition of the settlement, Mrs. Kologi agreed to file for disability retirement and never again work or apply for a job with the city government.  Mrs. Kologi’s salary was $106,852 in 2008.


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