Fired Water Pollution Control Authority Assistant Superintendent Tom McNally may be on the verge of a settlement with the town over his sacking, which he claims was in retaliation for political associations.
Then again, maybe they’re not that close to a deal.
“Although the parties attended a mediation session with former Judge James Stapleton in November, and there are ongoing discussions resulting from that mediation, there has been no settlement of Mr. McNally’s claims at this time,” attorney Jacques J. Parenteau said Wednesday.
An all-day mediation was held a month ago with McNally, Parenteau, former Connecticut Superior Court judge and now arbitrator James F. Stapleton, town attorneys, town officials and Water Pollution Control Authority administrators in an attempt come to some agreement in McNally's lawsuit against the town over his firing early June.
Parenteau alleges his clients’ Constitutional rights “to political association” were violated by the defendants who he alleges “falsely claim(ed) that Thomas McNally engaged in acts that constituted just cause to terminate his employment…”
The lawsuit names the town, Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel Jr., WPCA chair Timothy May, WPCA administrator Brian Lynch, plant superintendent Michael Didato and employee John Lilly as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges those defendants “collectively and individually manufactured claims, gave false statements, conducted and condoned a biased and flawed investigation, defamed, and retaliated against Thomas McNally because of his status as Chair of the Town of Montville’s Republican Party in order to deprive him of his employment with the Town,” Parenteau said, including a job as an auxiliary marine officer for Montville Police.
The suit alleges that “as a result of the actions taken by the (defendants) …and aided by so-called investigators hired by Mayor McDaniel,” McNally has suffered damages in the form of lost wages and benefits, harm to his reputation, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress as will be determined by the jury.”
Read more about his firing and reaction here.