HUB SCOOP IN HARRASSMENT CASE
The Hub has breaking news today on the settlement by Red Bank of its role in a sexual harrasment lawsuit brought by a female employee who claimed to have been stalked and inappropriately touched by former Parking Director Neil Burnip.
The settlement, according to the report, involves the payment of an unspecified sum by the borough to the plaintiff. Burnip, however, is not a party to the settlement, which was approved by the council in closed session Monday night.
The deal puts to rest the employee’s claims that “Borough Administrator Stanley J. Sickels and the borough of Red Bank, jointly, individually and severally, knew of Neil Burnip’s prior incidents involving other female employees and/or other female visitors and were negligent in their hiring, training and supervising of” him.
Burnip, an Englishman, left the borough’s employment last year under a cloud and his position was eliminated earlier this year.
In October, Burnip filed a lawsuit against the borough, seeking $11.5 million in damages and compensation for what he says was discrimination based on his nationality. The status of that action could not be immediately determined.