Former Millcreek Township employee say she was fired in retaliation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 22, 2018

ERIE — A former employee is suing Millcreek Township, John Groh, John Morgan and James Bock, municipal corporation and supervisors, citing alleged retaliation.

Janice A. Reichard filed a complaint on Nov. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging they breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 30 she suffered and continues to suffer financial losses, including the loss of salary and employment benefits, and non-economic damages, including emotional distress, anxiety and embarrassment, as a result of the wrongful conduct of the defendant in terminating her employment as payroll manager, in retaliation to plaintiff for allegedly making defamatory remarks about the Millcreek Township treasurer. 

The plaintiff holds Millcreek Township, John Groh, John Morgan and James Bock responsible because the defendants allegedly acted under the color and authority of law and in their capacities as members of the Board of Supervisors, failed to implement any form of progressive discipline, and retaliated against plaintiff in reckless disregard of her First Amendment rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant for an award of compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented by Craig Markham of Elderkin Law Firm in Erie.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-00349.

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