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Pension Claims Filed Against Newark’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese manages a number of local hospitals in Newark, New Jersey through their Cathedral Healthcare System. On May 7, 2019, class claims were filed against the Archdiocese. These claims were made by former employees of several Newark hospitals. Chief among the claims is an allegation that the Archdiocese has deprived payment of over $2.7 million dollars in employee pension plans. This payment would have applied to approximately 135 employees of the hospital.

The three plaintiffs filing this complaint are Richard Salvia, Alveira Dillard, and Virginia Coleman. According to the plaintiffs, the Archdiocese was supposed to sponsor pension plans to employees of their healthcare system. These plans include the St. James Hospital of Newark Retirement Income Plan, also known as the “SJH Plan.”

The plaintiffs allege that the fund was mismanaged. Due to poor planning on the Archdiocese’s part, the SJH Plan was depleted by November of 2017.

In earlier years, SJH Plan fell under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). In 1990 the Archdiocese petitioned to have ERISA requirements removed. The defendant claimed that the SJH Plan was a “Church Plan.” The IRS responded with a private-ruling letter granting the request to release the Church from ERISA requirements. However, hospital employees were not informed of this change.

In their suit, the plaintiffs allege that the fund was mismanaged. They argued that the Archdiocese was aware that the SJH Plan did not have enough money in it to pay for pensions over the lifetimes of the class members.

Named plaintiffs seek to represent a class that includes all employees of the Archdiocese who participated in or were beneficiaries of the SJH Plan but have not received monthly pension payments. The suit’s official claims include breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and promissory estoppel.

The Archdioceses reported $565 million in total assets, $263 million in net assets, and $51 million in revenue in 2017.

Further details of the case can be found by looking at the case which is titled Richard Salvia et al. v. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, Case No.: L-3418-19, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, County of Essex.

Former Sports Anchor, Vince Lennon sues Alabama TV Station for Claims of Racial Discrimination

When it comes to breach of contract and racial discrimination in the workplace, no employee can tolerate such behavior from their employers. Employees who have gone through this have been forced to acquire the help of the law to right the wrongs the employers have put them through. One employee looking for justice because of the breach of contract and racial discrimination comments, he went through at his workplace. This employee is none other than a former Montgomery TV sports anchor Vince Lennon. He filed a suit against Montgomery Television on three accounts of fraud, racial discrimination, and breach of contract.

He claims that while working at the network, he did not have the same treatment compared to his white co-workers. The reason for the difference in treatment was that he is of Spanish descent. Vince Lennon also claimed that the network lied to him in terms of the details of his employment while he was being recruited for his sports anchoring position at WAKA.

According to Lennon, when he left his stable job at Tennessee and relocated to Montgomery, he succumbed to economic hardship and financial loss. The loss he experienced continued after the company failed to pay his salary, as stipulated in his contract. WAKA also failed to pay him the makeup allowance they agreed upon when signing his contract.

Also, according to lawsuit Vince Lennon filed, when he was being “lured” away from Chattanooga to Montgomery to work at WAKA, Halbrooks promised a fully staffed bureau for production and editing of sports segments along with multiple cameras. But upon accepting the job, Lennon did not receive any of the promises. His department was not fully staffed, and he never did receive the equipment promised by management. During the one year he worked at WAKA, he never got any of the promises or agreements they made before signing the contract.

The lawsuit also includes several claims of harassment from his co-worker Sanders, especially one that claims his co-worker insinuated that he would cut off Vince Lennon’s manhood. The case is still pending, but most of his lawsuit claims have been ruled out due to jurisdictional issues.