August 4, 2003
Dear Mr. Gordon and Ms.
As you know, we are two of
several executive staff assistants employed by New Castle County who
work for the two of you. In the first week of October 2002, we
advised you that we had received subpoenas to appear before the
Federal Grand Jury. On October 9, 2002, as required by law, we
appeared before the Federal Grand Jury and we testified truthfully.
Two days before our appearance before the Federal Grand
Jury, on October 7, 2002, to intimidate us and to send a message
about what would happen if we testified truthfully, we were
transferred immediately to the public library, where we worked for
three weeks. While there shelving heavy books, we both sustained
injuries working and we both as a consequence have had surgery for
carpal tunnel as a result of those injuries. Lynda is still
recovering and wearing a soft cast. Maria appears to be having good
results from her surgery.
We next were reassigned the beginning of November 2002
(Lynda to the Wilmington Office and Maria to the Office of Human
Resources, where we have remained).
We have been deprived of
meaningful job duties.
Lynda was surveilled and her phone calls were
The Chief Administrative Officer has spoken negatively
about us at General Managers’ meetings.
We have been given the cold shoulder by co-workers.
Maria was accused falsely of misappropriating County
Devastating us emotionally, the Chief Administrative
Officer falsely said we both killed our beloved father who had
Resulting and continuing job
stress has manifested itself in various other ways besides our
We are under continuing medical care.
We exhibit various symptoms of depression.
We are unable to sleep.
We are unable to concentrate.
Lynda is taking Wellbutrin for depression.
Lynda now has high blood pressure and is under
Maria had high blood pressure before all this, which
was under control, but now it has skyrocketed; she continues to take
medicines to re-control it.
Maria is also suffering from depression and is taking
Paxil and Lorazapam.
Both of us have been prescribed sleeping pills.
Just in mid-July, the
continuing stress spiked Lynda’s blood pressure, and Maria is
experiencing anxiety attacks. Our doctors feel that our health is
in danger and we should remove ourselves from the work place.
As you both know, each of us
desperately need our jobs to live. Lynda is a widow living alone
and Maria is single. But our mental and physical health is
precarious and we can hold on no longer. After ten months we have
reached the end of our rope.
It is obvious that this
deteriorating and worsening job environment has been deliberately
caused by both of you as punishment because we testified truthfully
before the Federal Grand Jury. Your mistreatment is retaliation
designed to hurt us for appearing before the Federal Grand Jury and
to send a message to other loyal New Castle County workers,
dependent on their jobs to survive in the world, that if they
cooperate with the law they will be unmercifully crushed and
injured. So we feel we have no choice other than to quit our jobs
to preserve our health, and to go to court to seek redress and
justice and also clear our good names and reputations from the false
accusations about us. You have forced us to quit, but we will fight
you in court for our pensions and other relief.
Please have someone from the
Office of Human Resources contact us in order to collect our
personal belongings and for us to return keys, etc.
Maria A. Rendina
Lynda R. Maloney
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