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College Of New Rochelle Faces Third Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A third lawsuit has been brought against the College of New Rochelle from a former employee claiming wrongful termination.

A lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court last week by Kayla Brown, according to a lohud report , making it the third suit the college is battling from jilted employees who saw their positions terminated as the school cut costs to keep its doors open.

According to the report , Brown is seeking the remainder of the salary that was owed to her from her contract, which was to end on June 30. She was fired during the first round of layoffs last year.

In October, the college was sued by the Senate, Council of Faculty and 14 former staff members who were laid off in June amid the financial probe at the school. Earlier this month, Veronie Lawrence, a former director for one of the school's campuses also filed a suit claiming that the college breached contract when she was also terminated.

Last year, the school’s Board of Trustees launched an extensive investigation into financial misappropriations that revealed approximately $20 million in payroll taxes that were not paid for eight quarters dating back to 2014 under the watch of former CNR President Judith Huntington, who resigned amid the probe.

That discovery led to a crisis for CNR officials, who had to scramble to raise millions of dollars through their # WeAreCNR campaign. The school sold off assets and made agreements to help pay down millions of dollars in debt. In total, approximately 70 people lost their jobs at the college since last year, including 10 tenured faculty members.

According to the Board, layoffs were based on "the continued effectiveness of each area to serve our students was at the foundation of each reduction decision. Schedules and student enrollment in each school, student academic, wellness, extracurricular and financial support services, facilities needs, employee needs were all considered."

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