ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Board of Education settled out of court a lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed the Board refused to hire him despite his qualifications and instead hired “an individual of Hispanic ancestry” who had not applied for the job.

The lawsuit, which was brought by former police officer Martin Starr, was settled for $75,000 in December 2016. Starr said that he worked for eight years from 2002 to 2010 investigating student residencies until his position was eliminated due to budget cuts. He twice applied for a residency investigator position and claimed that his application was not considered. Instead, the job went to an Hispanic person who had not applied for the position.

Pablo Muniz, the acting superintendent at the time, and Karen Murray, human resources director, were also named in the suit, which was filed in August 2013.  

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The out of court settlement, which will be paid by the district's insurer, is not an admission of guilt by any defendants. Subsequently, none of Starr’s allegations were proven in in court.

The lawsuit settlement was first reported by John Paff on the NJ Civil Settlement blog.