UPDATED: Asst. Principal Sues Gloucester City School Supt. Vespe; Bellmawr Gym Controversy Continues
UPDATE: CBSN Philly is reporting the owners of the Atilis Gym, Bellmawr, were arrested earlier today by authorities.
“Well, this was a first,” BJ Dowlen said. “I stayed the night in the gym writing, my book clients Ian & Frank were just waking up, I’m gathering my computer & notebooks, just waiting for the guys to come out for a few final questions, and then a SWARM of Camden County Sheriffs & local Bellmawr police (with K-9 units waiting in a vehicle) come bursting thru the door….to me, sitting there, writing, by myself. First & foremost, the law enforcement officers were polite & respectful. Look for my video footage on national channels. And tonight/this morning, I am writing this new book chapter right now!!!”
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SUES GLOUCESTER CITY SCHOOL SUPT. --Researching another story we stumbled upon a court document involving Robert M. MacCausland, a Gloucester City School District assistant principal who filed a lawsuit against
Superintendent Dennis M. Vespe and the district in July 2019.
According to those documents Plaintiff MacCausland alleged his civil rights were violated,
"Specifically, Plaintiff alleges he was discriminated against based on disability and based Defendants’ perception of Plaintiff as disabled, was denied a reasonable accommodation, was treated differently and unlawfully and his rights under FMLA were interfered with and violated when Defendants failed to recognize Plaintiff’s right to protected leave under the FMLA. Also, Defendants violated the statutory requirements for paid leave under N.J.S.A. 18A:30-2.1, et seq., to Plaintiff’s great harm and detriment, and Defendants used their official positions to target Plaintiff for termination based on malicious and arbitrary motives."
MacCausland began his career with the district as a teacher in 2001 and he was promoted one year later in 2002 to assistant principal. During his 19 years in the district he earned his Masters Degree. His salary, according to NJTeachersPay is $119,000 annually.
In 2009, the Plaintiff sustained a work-related injury for which he made a workers’ compensation claim. Later that year he underwent a spinal fusion. He returned to his duties at work in November 2009.
During the 2015-2016 school year, MacCausland was injured on the job again and was absent due to the injury for 42.5 unpaid workdays after using his allotted paid time off.
On January 18, 2019, Plaintiff underwent spinal surgery again due to his work injury. In November 2019, the Board of Education passed a resolution to settle the case with MacCausland, the amount of the settlement was not included in the court documents we reviewed.
BELLMAWR GYM CONTROVERSY CONTINUES--This past Friday, NJ Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy, cited the owners of the Atilis Gym, in Bellmawr in contempt of court and granted the state permission to lock or barricade the doors of the gym, located at 363 W. Browning Road. Lougy, who sits in Trenton, is a former acting state attorney
general that was appointed to the Superior Court by former Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.
The Atilis Gym owners, Ian Smith, and Frank Trumbetti stated publicly that they would not comply with a Monday court order compelling the gym to follow Gov. Murphy executive order which only allowed fitness gyms to provide one-on-one or single-family instructions by appointment, according to nj1015.com
The new order also calls for a daily fine to be levied against Smith and Trumbetti for each day they ignore the court edict. The amount of the fine has yet to be determined. Smith said he and Trumbetti are considering a change in their gym's status from a limited liability company to a private membership association, which Smith believes places the gym outside the purview of regulators. Read nj1015.com article.
published (July 26, 2020)(Gloucestercitynews.net)
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