JERSEY CITY, NJ - Former city employee Lubna Muneer has brought a lawsuit against Jersey City claiming she was fired because she refused to sign off on a financial statement with incomplete data, not because of “poor job performance” as Mayor Steven Fulop stated when the city terminated her earlier this year.
In her suit against the city, Muneer said that a number of financial statements had not been filed in a timely manner and that John Metro, who was appointed in January as the new director of finance, asked her to complete annual financial statements and noted that bank reconciliations from 2018 and 2019 prior to Metro’s hiring had not be completed either.
When she refused to sign off on these, Muneer’s suit claims, she was terminated without warning or the legally required Rice notice.
Munner is seeking damages, punitive damages, attorney fees as well as reinstatement to her position.
“We already commented on this when she first threatened a lawsuit as a tool for leverage and it didn’t change our posture then, nor does it now,” Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, the city’s spokesperson said earlier this week. “This is a frivolous lawsuit by a disgruntled employee that was terminated for performance issues. We will not comment beyond that.”
Refusing to downplay the charges was Councilman Rolando Lavarro who, often at odds with the Fulop Administration, called the allegations “serious”, saying that it was the Council’s responsibility to “provide a safe working environment, free of retaliation.”
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