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Bayonne Business Administrator Melissa Matthews. (Photo: Melissa Matthews.)

Bayonne administrator files hostile workplace lawsuit

By David Wildstein, April 02 2021 3:16 pm

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, the Bayonne business administrator has accused Mayor Jimmy Davis and other municipal leaders of creating a hostile work environment.

The allegations come as Davis is attempting to deny Assembly Majority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) party support for re-election.

Melissa Mathews, hired by Davis in 2020, claims that municipal services director Tim Boyle “slammed a cane into a wall in an attempt to intimidate (her) … and proceeded to chastise her for speaking with a staff member who reported to him.”

She said she was bullied and intimidated her and that Boyle questioned her “as to whether she would possess suitable work ethic due to her needing to raise her children” and screamed at her in an abusive manner in a meeting.

In a relatively short 10-page complaint. Matthews also alleges that Davis objected to her claim of uncovering incidents of misappropriation of funds.

Matthews asserted that a former Bayonne official warned her that Boyle was a “misogynist” who had used “the C-word in the office.”

Davis, she said, was among a group that claimed that gender motivated “harassing behavior of her colleagues” and that she continues to be subject bullying.

Bayonne official said they don’t comment on litigation.

Matthews is represented by Juan Cervantes of  Forman, Cardinsky and Tsinman.

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