Lieutenant claims he was fired for investigating alleged sexual abuse of female inmates

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 28, 2018

SCRANTON — A lieutenant is alleging that he lost his job after initiating an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of female prison inmates.

Brian Grenfell is suing Lackawanna County, Brian Loughney and Tim Betti alleging retaliation and wrongful termination.

Grenfell filed a complaint on Aug. 17, in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, against the defendants alleging that they breached their duties of good faith and fair dealings.

The plaintiff alleges that he suffered damages from initially being placed on leave and then terminated on July 25, 2016, as alleged retaliation for initiating an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of female prison inmates. 

The plaintiff holds Lackawanna County, Brian Loughney and Tim Betti responsible, because the defendants allegedly attempted to cover their unlawful behavior by terminating plaintiff's employment, and terminated plaintiff as retaliation for his investigations and reports against the defendants.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, reinstatement to previous position with full fringe benefits and seniority rights, and compensatory and punitive damages. 

He is represented by Curt M. Parkins of Comerford Law in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Case number 18-CV-4057

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