Wayne officer sues township for second time, seeks reversal of ‘improper’ termination

WAYNE — A police officer who’s suing the township on claims of discrimination and harassment was terminated final month and has now sued officers for a second time to get her job again.

Christie Ohlendorf, 40, who was employed in September 2014, filed a lawsuit in state Superior Courtroom in Paterson to reverse the township’s disciplinary motion and to revive her place within the Police Division.

The six-page go well with additionally asks a choose to award again pay plus another compensation that she misplaced due to what she referred to as her “improper” termination.

In the meantime, Ohlendorf’s preliminary grievance stays unsettled.

In that case, which entered mediation two weeks in the past, she claimed she was handed over on a number of events for a promotion because of her gender and that she was identified with anxiousness, melancholy and post-traumatic stress dysfunction because of the abuse she allegedly endured as a feminine officer within the division.

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Ohlendorf sought psychological well being therapy, remaining on sick go away for 5 months.

Courtroom information present that her termination stems from an incident that occurred shortly after her return to work in October. She was served with a preliminary discover of disciplinary motion two months later.

The disciplinary discover lists 11 expenses of alleged insubordination, misconduct and untruthfulness towards Ohlendorf.

Capt. Joseph Rooney testified on the officer’s termination listening to that she was assigned to “gentle responsibility” at police headquarters on Oct. 22 as a result of she had not but certified to return to work along with her service weapon.

Ohlendorf’s superior officer, Sgt. Mark Ciavirella, ordered her to remain behind the tempered glass of the dispatch desk for her personal security.

Former Wayne Patrolwoman Christie Ohlendorf.

Rooney testified that the officer disobeyed Ciavirella’s command by interacting with a civilian and her 9-year-old youngster “outdoors the safe space.”

Ohlendorf left her safe station of the dispatch desk to enter the foyer because of a scenario that she stated “escalated” and required intervention, in response to a report by the legal professional who performed her listening to.

The legal professional concluded in a 14-page report on July 12 that the township met its burden of proof, and he beneficial that Ohlendorf be terminated from her place. Inside days, officers despatched a letter to inform the officer that that they had adopted his full advice.

Township Lawyer Matthew Giacobbe didn’t return a name positioned to his regulation workplace in Oakland on Monday.

Ohlendorf was paid an annual wage of $133,775 on the time of her termination.

Philip DeVencentis is an area reporter for NorthJersey.com. For limitless entry to an important information out of your local people, please subscribe or activate your digital account at this time.

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