Little Egg Harbor Committeeman Suing Committeeman for Creating a Hostile Work Environment

Aug 29, 2018
Photo by: file photo Pat Johnson Committeeman John Kehm (left) and Committeeman David Schlick during a January municipal meeting. The two will face off during the November election.

Little Egg Harbor Democratic Committeeman David Schlick has filed a tort claim, or an intent to sue, against the township, claiming long-time Republican Committeeman John Kehm has slandered, harassed and bullied him.

According to his tort claim received by the township clerk on May 17, Schlick maintains that during an April 12 municipal meeting when Schlick was absent, Kehm called him names including “midget” and “baldilocks” that were overheard on the audio tape.

Schlick also claims in his suit for $1 million that Kehm created a hostile work environment by “making fun of the way I look, the way I walk, what I wear. Some inappropriate comments about my fiancée as well as my daughter. Name calling – called me a midget, called me baldilocks. Tells me I have bad breath. Makes fun of me for going gray, calls me an old man.

“It goes on and on. It is never-ending. It has created a hostile work environment. Jean Cipriani (township attorney) has witnessed some of it and has allegedly warned him to no avail,” Schlick states.

The claim for $1 million, according to Schlick’s calculations, is based on “my reputation as a person as well as a LEH committeeman.” In the section asking for the method of calculation to arrive at the $1 million figure, Schlick writes, “Loss of employment, $10K a year for ten years=$100,000. Emotional distress, harassment, bullying, libel and slander, holding me into a false light.”

In another section he states, “The damages to my political career are impossible to repair.” Schlick is running for committeeman this year.  —P.J.

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