Former city public safety director Glenn Brown who made abortive attempts to obtain two different high paying jobs at the city’s school district is accusing the district and the state-appointed superintendent of racial discrimination and breach of contract, according to a lawsuit filed in January.
Brown’s lawsuit alleges the district breached a contract he entered into with the state-appointed district superintendent Donnie Evans in September 2014 to serve as Executive Director of Transportation and Investigation Specialist. He said he has suffered “wage loss” after the district did not follow through with hiring him for the post.
Brown also alleges the district breached its contract for a second position – Director of Operations — he was being considered for which also never materialized.
The district “never followed through with their contractual obligation to hire” Brown “to work within the Paterson Public School District,” reads the lawsuit.
Brown’s lawsuit states the district “hired a lesser-qualified non-African American employee” by creating a third position that had identical duties.
“Brown is an African American and member of a protected class,” reads the lawsuit.
Brown worked as public safety director in the city from 2006 through 2014, according to the lawsuit. His lawsuit states he oversaw about 900 city employees while serving as director of police and fire in the city.
Brown also served as chief of county detectives in Passaic County from 2002-3, according to records.
Brown’s lawsuit states in August 2014 he entered into negotiations with the superintendent to serve as the district’s Executive Director of Transportation and Investigation Specialist.
The lawsuit states the position required a bachelor’s degree or 2-3 years of experience. Brown’s lawsuit does not state he has a bachelor’s degree, but states he graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Brown presumably met the experience requirement. Brown’s lawsuit states the contract was made effective on September 29, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
The Executive Director of Transportation position was for $114,540, according to the lawsuit. Brown left his city public safety post in October 2014 for the district job, but by December of 2014 it was clear he would not receive the position.
Evans created another position, director of operations, in January 2015, for which Brown was interviewed. Evans in February 2015 “confirmed” to Brown he was selected for the director of operations position, according to the lawsuit.
The position was later “voided,” according to the lawsuit.
A third position with nearly identical duties called Interim Director of Student Assignment Services was created and filled by “non-minority female candidate,” reads the suit.
Brown did not receive any phone calls or letter stating he was terminated, rejected, or the position was withdrawn from him, according to the lawsuit.
Brown’s attorney could not be reached for comments; the district said it does not comment on litigation.