STAFFORD — George Chidiac has been Stafford's schools superintendent since July 1, 2013. The school district is facing a lawsuit from a female subordinate due to alleged misbehavior by the superintendent.
A lawsuit obtained by TAPinto Stafford-LBI claims that the Stafford schools superintendent contacted a female subordinate 28 times in the middle of the night to beg her to meet him at a bar, and when she refused, he subjected her to repeated retaliation at the workplace, the suit alleges.
Jenny Graf, the Stafford Township School District's supervisor of curriculum and instruction, claimed sexual harassment and retaliation in a lawsuit filed on her behalf. Listed defendants include the Stafford Board of Education and Superintendent George Chidiac.
The lawsuit was filed on December 12 in Superior Court of Ocean County, claims that Graf told Chidiac she was in the process of divorcing her husband in May 2018. Shortly after, the superintendent began taking interest in her outside the workplace, the suit says.
The suit says Chidiac began repeatedly calling and texting Graf at 1:18 a.m. June 9, 2018. Chidiac sent several "incomprehensible and non-work related text messages."
After Graf rejected Chidiac's advances, according ot the lawsuit the Superintendent “began to subject Plaintiff to a torrent of retaliation.”
The claimed retaliation included a reduction of job responsibilities and committee assignments, bringing up her potential termination at school board meetings and discriminating against her after learning she was pregnant, as claimed in the lawsuit.
An affirmative action complaint was submitted by Graf at first. The Board of Education hired an independent educational consultant to investigate the complaint. In that investigation the calls and texts of June 9, 2018 were substantiated. This is accordance with a December 2018 letter from the school board's attorney, Ari D. Schneider. The consultant did not substantiate Graf's claims of harassment and pregnancy discrimination, according to the board attorney.