Case Against City Judge Can Proceed

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ELIZABETH — A woman employed as a municipal court clerk is going to be allowed to pursue legal action because she was allegedly subjected to harassment by a judge appointed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

Mary Londono was allegedly subjected to battery by Chief Municipal Court Judge Roman Montes, who is accused of tapping her buttocks with a stack of papers, shooting rubber bands at her and making inappropriate lewd remarks while she was working.

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Lawyers representing Montes were able to get Londono’s complaint summarily dismissed by a Superior Court judge based on a technicality in the Law Against Discrimination, but an appellate division panel declared that the case could proceed because the alleged inappropriate contact would constitute an act of battery if proven.

Montes’ attorney said that his client disputes Londono’s allegations.


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