Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ex-Transit Official Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ex-Transit Official Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit

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Todd Barretta, the former chief of compliance for NJ Transit, has asked a judge to dismiss NJ Transit's lawsuit against him, according to court documents filed Thursday.

NJ Transit fired Barretta in August and filed suit against him in September, claiming that he had misused his company vehicle and disclosed proprietary information.

But Barretta, who last week filed a whistle-blower complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, denied those allegations, and said that even if they were true, the agency has offered no proof it was harmed.

"NJ Transit has suffered no damages as a result of Barretta's alleged breach of a duty of loyalty," says the motion to dismiss, filed in Superior Court in Newark.

Shortly after he was fired by the agency in August, Barretta testified to state lawmakers that NJ Transit had retaliated against him for raising numerous concerns about its compliance with federal rail safety regulations and had repeatedly asked him to stop putting those concerns in writing, to skirt the state's public records law. …

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