State Police Sergeant Who Alleged Union Retaliation Wins $260,500 Settlement

A state police sergeant who alleged in a federal lawsuit against the Connecticut State Police Union and state officials that he was illegally demoted for “opposing union membership and politics” has settled the suit for $260,500, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

The foundation says the trooper, Joseph Mercer, received “free legal aid” from its staff lawyers. But the court documents agreeing to dismissal of the suit as part of the settlement are signed by lawyer Marc P. Mercier of the Manchester firm of Beck & Eldergill.

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