A lawyer for a former employee of a non-profit organization said the organization violated the Elder Abuse Prevention and Abuse Act when it allowed a former staffer to purchase illegal drugs.
In a court filing Tuesday, attorney Jennifer Mancuso said her client, an elder care attorney, was placed on administrative leave for five months after her former employer received a tip that she had purchased drugs from her client.
Mancusot said the tip came from an anonymous tipster, who was also a former employer.
Maisot said she asked the organization for a “reasonable investigation” of her client’s activities, and that she was told that the organization was not required to report any suspicious activity to the state.
“Unfortunately, this is not an investigation that could be conducted under the law,” Mancosot said.
“It was a matter of her being able to procure illegal drugs, and it was a violation of the law.
And the law clearly states that.”
Mancosom said she believes the organization’s decision was not a wise one.
The organization was aware that there were potential problems with the information being given to its employee, but it did not take proper steps to identify those problems and address them,” she said.”
Maisots client, who declined to be identified, said the non-profits staff member had previously been involved in multiple sexual assaults.”
However, they did not make any effort to remedy these issues.”
Maisots client, who declined to be identified, said the non-profits staff member had previously been involved in multiple sexual assaults.
In addition, she said, the organization failed to notify her that her client was no longer employed by the organization.
Moisoso said she will file an action against the organization, and also with the New Jersey Department of Public Health, for failing to protect the health of the elderly.