Five former employees filed suit against the New Jersey Schools Development Authority in federal court Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges the SDA violated the former employees’ first amendment rights by firing them for their political affiliations or lack thereof.
In addition, two of the plaintiffs allege a violation of New Jersey’s whistleblower law.
After being named the head of the agency, Lizette Delgado-Polanco fired some 30 veteran employees without notice or cause and was accused of filling their positions with friends and family members. In April, Delgado-Polanco stepped down from running the SDA.
The Murphy administration was not available for comment.