Michael Dodd v. George Harms Construction Co., Inc.

Complaint, Jury Demand, and Designation of Trial Counsel

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This is a Complaint for whistleblower retaliation filed by Monmouth County, NJ construction foreman Michael Dodd against his former employer, George Harms Construction Co., Inc. The Complaint alleges that the company demoted Mr. Dodd and terminated his employment because he blew the whistle on business practices which he believed to be illegal, fraudulent, unethical, and harmful to public safety.

The Complaint in the case of Michael Dodd v. George Harms Construction Co., Inc., MON-L-2582-08, filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage, alleges that in January 2006, Mr. Dodd told his boss that his fellow foremen were not conducting weekly safety meetings. These foremen were filing false safety meeting reports to document "meetings" which never occurred, according to Mr. Dodd. He alleges that after he reported this conduct, the company isolated him, demoted him, took away his crew, and assigned him the worst jobs on the site, including picking up garbage.

The Complaint further alleges that in April 2007, Mr. Dodd blew the whistle again, this time about a retaining wall built by the company on Routes 1 and 9 in Elizabeth, NJ. Mr. Dodd alleges that he wrote a letter to CEO Tom Hardell stating that he believed the company had intentionally altered the design and structure of the wall, compromising its structural integrity. The Complaint states that Mr. Dodd also contacted the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration regarding his claims. According to Mr. Dodd, the company then began an "investigation" which was designed, not to look into and remedy the problem with the wall, but to cover-up its conduct and find grounds to terminate Mr. Dodd's employment. According to the Complaint, the company terminated Mr. Dodd's employment at the conclusion of its investigation, finding that Mr. Dodd was "insubordinate" and "recklessly indifferent to the truth."

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Reference Info:Pleadings | State, 3rd Circuit, New Jersey | United States


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