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Former Milford Coach Files Suit

Patrick Cornelius – the form Milford High School (MHS) assistant football coach involved in last fall's "locker room incident" – has filed suit against the Town of Milford, MHS Principal Michael Tempesta, MHS Athletic Director Richard Piergustavo and Superintendent Robert Tremblay, claiming that he "was terminated without cause and without procedural due process in retaliation for engaging in protected activities under state law."

The lawsuit was filed in Worcester Superior Court in mid-March, but the town was only notified about the suit on April 5, a few days after the Annual Town Election that saw two new members – one a vocal supporter of Cornelius – elected to the School Committee. According to the court filing, the case must be resolved with judgment issued by February 28, 2015.

Town Counsel Gerald Moody said he will defend the Town of Milford, against the suit, but said he cannot represent Tempesta, Piergustavo and Tremblay, who will be provided other lawyers paid for by the town. "I cannot represent the town's interests and their interests," Moody explained. He and the other lawyers involved will file their response to Cornelius' lawsuit within the time specified by the court, the town counsel said.

The lawsuit lists three causes of action: "retaliation," "intentional interference with advantageous relations," and "Intentional interference with employment contract" and seeks back pay, treble damages, compensatory and consequential damages, punitive damages, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs. Cornelius is being represented by attorney James Simpson, Jr. of Framingham.




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