Norwich reaches settlement with former city employee

September 19, 2018

Norwich — A former city employee who filed a union grievance and two discrimination complaints with state and federal agencies has reached a settlement with the city for 30,000 — 5,000 within two weeks, with 25,000 payment, while the city is responsible for the final $5,000 payment, according to the settlement. The city also will pay for the city’s portion of her health care coverage for up to 12 months.

The settlement document does not explain Cicarelli’s specific allegations against the city. Her union filed a grievance on April 9 contesting her termination after 15 years of working for the city. The grievance was pending before the state Board of Mediation and Arbitration.

Cicarelli also had filed a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities “alleging certain discriminatory conduct by the city,” the settlement stated. She also filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. The settlement calls for Cicarelli to withdraw the grievance and the two pending complaints.

The city had appealed Cicarelli’s application for unemployment compensation following her termination, and the settlement calls for the city to withdraw that appeal. Her application for unemployment compensation benefits remains pending before the state Department of Labor, which has the jurisdiction to determine whether she is eligible, the settlement stated.

Cicarelli could not be reached for comment. City Manager Salomone, Mayor Peter Nystrom, Local 2422 union President Angelo Callis and AFSCME union spokesman Larry Dorman all cited the nondisclosure agreement in the settlement in declining to comment on any aspect of the settlement.

“We represent the employee in question, and we have reached a settlement that is fair and beneficial to all parties,” Dorman said. “We cannot discuss the matter any further due to the nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements.”