Montville Pays McNally $135,000 in Settlement Over Firing

Montville Patch filed a Freedom of Information request for the settlement documents.


The Town of Montville has settled a lawsuit brought by former employee Tom McNally and while the town doesn’t concede it’s in the wrong, it’s paying him $135,000 “for a full release of any pending or future claims.”

McNally, who was will now have a record that states he resigned, per the settlement documents obtained by Montville Patch through the Freedom of Information Act.  

The settlement also states McNally will receive one lump sum payment, minus taxes as if it was a payroll check, and his attorney will get $35,000 in fees. The payment is supposed to be made by March 2.

McNally filed suit against Montville, McDaniel, the WPCA and Brian Lynch, Tim May, Jon Lilly, and Mike Didato alleging he was wrongfully fired for “exercising his rights of free speech.”

Also part of the settlement is the clause that prohibits McNally from seeking rehire with the town, the WPCA or the Board of Education for five years. But it doesn’t preclude him for running for office.

McNally announced last month that he is leaving his seat on the BOE as secretary and is running for Montville Town Council.

Neither the town nor McNally have commented on the settlement. 

Read more about the history of the McNally case. 

tammy February 27, 2013 at 01:07 PM
McNally for Mayor!
Linda Stevens February 27, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I guess the town had a crappy case and really did wrongfully fire him other wise they would not want to settle so early in the process. Shame on you mayor!!!
Tom Snelling February 27, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Whole lotta money for doing nuttin!
Rusty February 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
jane February 27, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Guess if he wasn't wrongfully fired he could have earned it by working all those months.
Jill February 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
there is two winners here. The Town Lawyer and the victoms lawyer. The real loser is the Town.
Ellen Hillman February 27, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I agree Jill


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