Teacher sues Paterson charter alleging school fired him for his military status | Paterson Times

Teacher sues Paterson charter alleging school fired him for his military status


A former social studies teacher at the Paterson Science and Technology Charter School claims he was fired for taking leave from his teaching post to fulfill his duties in the National Guard in a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Erik Verniere, a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard, 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment, alleges the school’s administrators Ali Riza Gurcanli, Joseph Miceli, and Necmi Coskun allegedly discriminated and retaliated against him for his membership in the military, according to his lawsuit filed on Monday.

Verniere claims the administrators “exhibited hostility” towards him for his membership in the National Guard and his need for military leave. In August 2015, he claims Gurcanli told him “it was not conducive to his career at Paterson to miss certain training due to military obligations.”

Gurcanli, the lead person at the charter, did not return a call for comment for this report.

Verniere claims Coskun told him the administration at the school was raising questions about his military leave. He sent a letter objecting to alleged discrimination against for his military status on May 5th, 2016. Later on the same day, the school in “blatant retaliation” terminated his employment. He was told his employment was ending in June 2016, according to his complaint.

Verniere claims Miceli cited one of the reasons for the termination was his commitment to the school. On May 13th, 2016, Gurcanli confirmed he recommended Verniere’s employment not be renewed for the next school year, according to court filings.

In claiming the school fired him for his military status, Verniere states he received an effective rating for 2014-15 school year and a higher effective rating for 2015-16. He also claims he was discriminated against when he sought unspecified coaching opportunities and was told only females would be hired for such positions, reads the complaint.

Verniere, a Ridgefield Park resident, was hired by the school in 2013. He is seeking damages for pain and emotional distress as well as back pay, reinstatement, and attorney fees.

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  • Dominick Perez

    These Muslims think they run our country, I hope you get millions

    • John Bolur

      Trust me the vast majority of Muslims don't support these Gullen nuts. How does this country belong to you, but not to Muslims? I guess you have a Native American name other then Dominick Perez? Keep this mindset and our country will never move forward. The people who hate Muslims tend to hate hispanics, blacks, indians, gays, etc…

  • Dominick Perez

    I just discovered that this school is affiliated with terrorist Gulen Cult that attempted the coup in Turkey. I call upon the FBI to investigate these terrorists ASAP why are they allowed to brainwash American kids?

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    The Turkish mafia at work.