Firing of janitor upheld
METHUEN, MA — The city''s decision to fire a former custodian who had pled guilty for his involvement in a gambling ring was upheld in court, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
The decision comes nine months after the state Civil Service Commission reduced former janitor Eugene Casey’s termination to a one-year suspension, the article stated.
According to the article, Casey was one of 24 individuals who were indicted in 2006 for participation in an illegal gambling ring.
Casey appealed the school''s decision to terminate his position, and the commission determined that former Superintendent Jeanne Whitten didn’t have just cause to fire him, the article noted.
In her decision, Salem Superior Court Judge Elizabeth M. Fahey stated that that the commission "made a decision in excess of its statutory authority" when it "improperly substituted its own judgment" and reduced Casey''s firing to a suspension.
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