To the Editor:

There have been several recent egregious cases in which local public entities have had to pay enormous sums to employees who were victims of harassment and discrimination

Middletown Township has had the Middletown Human Rights Commission (MHRC) in place since 1968. It is the right body to offer guidance to prevent all types of discrimination.

Unfortunately, although Middletown has settled several costly harassment complaints, at its January 2014 meeting it neither reappointed its last two members nor appointed new ones. So, the eleven-member board now has exactly none; yet the town officials said it still exists!

When asked if the board is now terminated, the town clerk replied in Alice-in-Wonderland language, "The board has no members at this time. That's why it's not on the web page. The township has not appointed anyone and will appoint when ready."

At the February 18 township committee meeting, Mr. Fiore stated that he is having a resolution drafted to "dissolve" the MHRC, because it "has no members."
Yet, seven people have applied for the commission but not been appointed.

As Alice would say, "Curiouser and curiouser."


Carolyn Schwebel
Leonardo, NJ