George v. City of Newark
Kevin George was a Sergeant with the Newark Police department. During 2001, a random drug test returned a positive result from the State Toxicology Laboratory. Sgt. George vehemently denied use of any illegal drugs but was nevertheless, dismissed from the force. Sgt. George initially hired an attorney referred by his Union Representative. Rather than fight, that attorney recommended that Sgt. George voluntarily resign without his pension or benefits. Instead, George hired William S. Greenberg of Greenberg Minasian, LLC.
Mr. Greenberg immediately hired a toxicological expert to contest the accuracy of the results of the drug screening before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the NJ Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Although the initial recommendation from the Judge was not favorable, Mr. Greenberg voiced his objections to the Merit System Board which agreed and overruled the Judge’s findings. Mr. Greenberg argued that the Judge failed to understand the science of drug testing. Sgt. George was reinstated with a initial award of back pay and attorneys’ fees totaling over $125,000.00.
The City of Newark, stunned by this defeat, appealed on two occasions. The first was denied in its entirety and the second resulted in a rehearing on certain scientific issues not addressed by the ALJ. Despite the City’s loud objections, George remained on the job for another five (5) years.
During the next round of hearings, Mr. Greenberg fought to take statements from the State Lab scientists and review their files. When he finally got a look at the State Lab folder for Sgt. George’s test, some six (6) years after he first requested it, Mr. Greenberg discovered that the City had withheld documents at the first hearing. There had been a second test performed that was never reported. The second test result was so different from the first result it was clear that the tests were not performed correctly.
Armed with this new evidence, Mr. Greenberg hired a Board Certified Toxicologist and a Professor of Toxicology from Duke University to testify on behalf of Sgt. George. The second hearing was held before the same ALJ. Yet, once again the Judge failed to comprehend the science behind drug testing. The new Civil Service Commission, which replaced the Merit System Board, also made the same scientific mistake and discharged Sgt. George from his job for the second time since 2001.
Mr. Greenberg refused to give up. He then appealed both decisions to the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division. There he persuaded a panel of three Judges that the ALJ had not only misunderstood the science given to him by the experts, but also made his own invalid scientific conclusions… [READ MORE]
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