Harrisburg Superintendent to Receive $2.4 Million Dollar Settlement after Termination without a Hearing
In 2009, a Harrisburg superintendent was terminated without a hearing, in violation of his employment contract. In Pennsylvania, employers may terminate non-contract employees, also known as at-will employees, for no cause. In Kohn v. School District of Harrisburg, 817 F. Supp. 2d 487 (2011), Gerald Kohn was a superintendent for the Harrisburg School District and had 16 months remaining on his employment contract when he was terminated.
In 2010, Kohn y filed a lawsuit against the Harrisburg School District for wrongful termination and Mayor Linda Thompson for conspiracy. In his Complaint, Kohn alleged that in her campaign for Mayor, Thomas promised to get rid of the current superintendent (Kohn) for his school district’s academic failings. After Linda Thompson was elected Mayor, Kohn was subsequently fired. After several years of litigation, the parties reached a settlement agreement in 2013 for $2.4 million dollars and Kohn dropped the conspiracy allegation against Thompson.