The New Jersey borough of Fair Lawn has agreed to pay officer Robert Kneer $35,000 and to promote him to the rank of captain to settle an age discrimination and hostile work environment lawsuit that Kneer had filed against the borough, the police department, Chief Erik Rose, and Capt. Joseph Cook.
Kneer, a 39-year veteran of the department, claims that Rose and Cook frequently made negative comments about Kneer’s age. Kneer also alleges that he was denied promotions several times because of his age.
Rose retired from the police department in December and Cook retired in February.
Since 2007, the borough of Fair lawn and the police department have been sued multiple times by current and former police officers, the majority of whom claimed that they were subjected to a hostile work environment.