Fired Two Months Before Pension Eligibility, Police Lieutenant Sues Town

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A New Milford police lieutenant who was fired two months before he was eligible to retire has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $10 million in punitive damages.

Former Lt. James Duda’s attorney says he was fired without due process in March after being wrongly accused of intentionally damaging computers. Duda’s lawsuit alleges emotional distress and harm to his reputation.
Duda’s attorney said he did not want to sue, but that Mayor Patricia Murphy has been unwilling to resolve the matter.

Murphy told the News-Times of Danbury  that neither she nor Police Chief Shawn Boyne did anything wrong, and that the matter has been referred to attorneys for the town’s insurance carrier.

The town’s response to the lawsuit is due in U.S. District Court in New Haven by Oct. 31.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Connecticut

WTIC Holiday Stores 2016
Hear WTIC Podcasts

Listen Live