March 9, 2009

State dismisses Grammer complaint

The state's Equal Rights Division dismissed Janelle Grammer's complaint against former City Administrator Ben Hughes, according to findings released Monday by the city.

You can read the state's determination here. Grammer has the right to appeal the decision, but as of now, the state concluded there is no need for a hearing on the matter.

You can read the city's press release here. In the city's statement, they note Grammer also withdrew her internal complaint and asked for no further investigation into the matter.

Read past stories about Grammer's complaint here, here and here.


  1. Please get a lawyer to ex plane the whole process. Simply becuse the State said "No" this is far from over.

  2. That is not true. This is the same as a criminal proceeding ruling that there is no prima facia case. The state is saying there is not even enough evidence to believe a violation might have occurred.

    The bar is set very low for probable cause hearings. If a complaint cannot get past that, there is nothing to it.

  3. Colt - who knows why you have a personal problem with Ben Hughes, but you are definitely in the wrong corner backing Grammer and Tingle. Their claims were not based on facts and have no merit. In today's litigious society anyone can file a lawsuit. Doing so doesn't make their story true. Same with rumors and misinformation repeated over and over -- doesn't make it "true."

  4. The state dismissing a case does not mean very much - they dismiss most cases. The bar is not "set low" as someone here posted. As Most cases are indeed dismissed but yet proceed forward and win. Don't let others fool you.

    Anon 5:36 - I disagree with you completely. You accuse Colt of having a personal problem with Hughes, but it's easy to read between the lines and see that you have some very biased feelings. Either you are very close to Hughes or have your own personal hangups involving the other women who filed claims against Hughes.

  5. Janelle Grammer had no case. Everyone at City Hall knew it. She's a horrible department head and doesn't do her job. She should have been fired in the first place. Tingle also wasn't a good worker and thought most "jobs" were beneath her. Most people bashed Ben Hughes without knowing the facts. Colt, who are you? I'm not so sure you know what you are talking about.

  6. Stop writing BS about people anon 9:44. It's extremely obvious you haven't a clue what or who you are talking about.

    Guess what, I know all the facts there are to know about Hughes and I am totally relieved he's left city hall and I know plenty of other people who feel the same way.

    Obviously Hughes is going to have to try and rebuild his reputation in order to find a job that pays anywhere near what he was receiving at city hall. And speaking of that, why exactly did he leave city hall? And why did he leave his job in Wrightstown right after settling the case from a female employee?

    Ah yes, there's much more to these stories that will eventually get out there.

  7. No this is not the same as a criminal proceeding. The ruling is not done by an attorney. This is just the initial step in a long process. Most cases presented to the state are dismissed.

    Colt is correct when he said just because the state says "no" this is far from over. Sounds like Grammer is dropping it though since Hughes is gone anyway, but if she wanted to continue forward she very well could take it to a hearing.

    The actual hearing is where all the evidence would be presented, the ruling by the state is just part of the preliminary process.

  8. Anon 9:50 - Take your own advice and stop writing BS

    Your claim to know 'all the facts there are' about another person is ridiculous.

    Anon 5:36 - I agree - frivolous lawsuits waste time/resources. These cases were dismissed. Time to move on.

  9. Colt spends much time grinding axes.

  10. I don't claim to know all the facts but I know all the people involved. I know enough to know that Hughes has a lot of issues when it comes to dealing with people.

    A dismissal by the state is not the end, it's just part of the process. Most cases presented to the state are dismissed but continue on to trial.

    I personally know people who have taken their "dismissed" cases to trial and won.

    Personally, I view Hughes' resignation as a sign of guilt. Why did he resign so suddenly right before a meeting to discuss these claims was about to occur?

    There's much more to this story, you can count on it.