After accusing the town of discrimination in New Jersey and the city's police chief, the detective received $730K in settlement

After accusing the town of discrimination in New Jersey and the city's police chief, the detective r ...

NJ Advance Media has learned that a lawsuit filed by a detective alleging his police chief and the town discriminated against him due to a medical condition ended in a $730,000 settlement last July.

Richard Taylor, who was a police and detective in Voorhees when he discovered the alleged incidents, accused Police Chief Louis Bordi and the city in 2019 of violating the New Jersey Anti-Discrimination Act as well as his constitutional right to privacy.

"The township agreed to the settlement following mediation and by the recommendation of legal counsel. The majority of the settlement was paid by the (town's) insurance company," Stuart Platt said of the lawsuit on Thursday. Platt said Bordi was dismissed from the lawsuit as part of the settlement.

Bordi did not respond immediately to her questions.

Patricia Barasch, Taylor's lawyer, did not respond to requests for their comments. Taylor cannot be reached.

Taylor, who was sacked prior to the trial according to Platt, agreed to not seek re-employment with the township as part of the settlement, and all parties stated that no one is accountable for slander in the statements.

Taylor, who worked for the township for 17 years before the trial, was placed on leave of absence following his physician's recommendation in the fall of 2017 because of a medical condition, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Open Public Records Act.

According to a lawsuit, Taylor was ordered to return to work with a note from his physician, but Captain April Herrington-Bordi, the wife of the police chief, told him that the note was "unacceptable" because it was made by a psychiatrist. However, NJ Advance Media isn't divulging the nature of Taylor's medical condition to protect his privacy.

Taylor was asked to list medications he used to improve his abilities as a police officer over the next month, and was told that in order to remain a detective he had to sign a "contract" agreeding to complete all required paperwork and dismiss 2017 instances he was working on.

According to the suit, Herrington-Bordi told Taylor in May 2018 that he would be dismissed to a patrol officer.

According to court documents, when Taylor approached Chief Bordi about his demotion, he said: "I am the Chief at the end of the day. I have the last word as far as officer assignment, and I place people where I want."

Taylor alleged in the court that the township and Bordi required him to be evaluated by a psychologist, according to the lawsuit. Internal affairs charges were filed against Taylor for delaying in providing Bordi and the township of Voorhees the list of medications he received.

According to the psychologist, Taylor, who provided the list of medications, might return to "light duty capacity" but should have received three months of counseling before he was dismissed for full return to duty.

On November 20, 2018, Bordi and the township received a "preliminary notice of disciplinary action" for Taylor's departure on the grounds that since the expiration of (a medical leave on October 18, 2018), he has been "absent without leave from duty," according to the lawsuit.

Taylor claimed in the civil lawsuit that the township failed to provide him reasonable accommodation for his disability, retaliated against him for taking a medical leave of absence and discriminated against him.

According to the civil suit, [Taylor] alleges that... (Police Chief) Bordi was aided and abetted in discrimination and retaliation against (him) if violated the provisions of the New Jersey Discrimination law.

Taylor's alleged retaliation has prompted him to lose wages and benefits, including the loss of pension benefits, as well as to confront emotional distress, according to the lawsuit.

As part of the settlement, Taylor received $500,000 and his attorney, Barasch, of Schall & Barasch, received $230,000 from the Township of Voorhees and its insurance company.

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