- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - The former head of the automotive program at a Massachusetts vocational high school is seeking $750,000 in damages for wrongful termination after he was acquitted of stealing two cars donated to the school.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Q08z7m ) reports that 47-year-old Jonathan Yourga filed his claim last week. Yourga alleges Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson and school trustees were negligent when they placed him on leave in April 2014 during an investigation that forced him to later resign from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

His attorney says the Northampton man was seriously wronged and is seeking justice.

The city has six months to respond to the claim before a lawsuit can be filed.

Peterson declined comment. The trustees’ chairman says Yourga is entitled to due process.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), https://www.gazettenet.com

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