A former Galloway Township clerk who is suing a long list of government officials has taken steps to sue Middle Township, alleging local officials unfairly disqualified her for a position because of her past in Galloway.
Lisa Tilton’s attorney served Middle with a tort claim earlier this month after the township passed over her when hiring a new deputy township clerk and a registrar of vital statistics.
The notice claims Tilton was the most qualified person for the position, for which she applied in April, shortly before she filed a lawsuit against Galloway Township Council and several high-ranking employees there.
The Middle filing names the township government, Administrator Mark Mallet, the township council, the township clerk, the personnel director and any current and former elected officials of the township.
Mayor Dan Lockwood declined to comment when contacted Monday. Township Solicitor Marcus Karavan did not return a phone call Monday requesting comment.
A notice of tort claim is a letter to a government entity that someone plans to sue, but it is not a lawsuit in and of itself. Tilton’s attorney, Steven Srenaski, also did not return a phone call asking whether a formal lawsuit has been filed.
The notice states that after Tilton applied, elected township representatives and employees had a conversation about the application, “during which time express reference was made to Ms. Tilton’s suit against her former employer for harassment, retaliation and discrimination pursuant to New Jersey law.”
The notice adds that officials discriminated against her by deciding then not to hire her because of her past. It even claims one person recommended holding a fake interview to cover up their discrimination.
The claim says such acts give rise to various compensatory, punitive and treble damages.
Tilton resigned from her position in Galloway in October 2011 and later sued the township claiming improper termination, sexual harassment and release of her personal information in Open Public Meetings Act requests along with many more accusations. That case continues.
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