LAWSUIT FILED FOR MALONEY AND RENDINA
Posted: Oct. 31, 2003
Wilmington -- Today Lynda Maloney and Maria
Rendina filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against County
Executive Tom Gordon, CAO Sherry Freebery and New Castle County
arising from their August 4th constructive discharge allegedly
because they wore a wire for the FBI.
They contend they were driven from their jobs
because they exercised their First Amendments rights to report
breach of the public trust, financial irregularities, improprieties,
fraud and corruption. They now publicly reveal for the first time
that they both went to the U.S. Attorney, FBI and IRS and reported
Gordon and Freebery’s alleged illegal activities.
They additionally have been active
participants in the ongoing federal investigation into Gordon and
Freebery’s alleged criminal wrongdoing by both wearing a wire on
numerous occasions. They also gathered documents and otherwise aided
in the federal criminal investigation. They even responded to
subpoenas to testify before the federal grand jury. Finally they
claim that they testified truthfully before the grand jury despite
efforts by the defendants to prevent their giving truthful
They charge that the defendants immediately
retaliated against them for their protected activities and that they
were constructively discharged and forced to resign their jobs as
executive assistants to Gordon and Freebery to protect their
deteriorating health and clear their good names. They also assert
state law claims for defamation and intentional infliction of
emotional distress because Freebery allegedly publicly claimed that
they both had killed their beloved recently deceased father.
"The time has now arrived to have a jury
determine what has been happening in our runaway County government,"
said Thomas S. Neuberger, of Wilmington, their attorney. "A federal
civil case jury can now start the much needed cleanup with an award
of unlimited punitive and compensatory damages. If long term skilled
government employees and respected Democratic party loyalists
(Maloney is the widow of former Wilmington Mayor Tom Maloney) are
being treated this way, pity the poor average County employee who
has nowhere to turn when he or she witnesses corruption in County
government," he added.
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