ERIN GORMAN SUPERVISOR OF YEAR EVESHAM PD

Erin Gorman with her 2020 Supervisor of the Year award and now-retired Police Chief Christopher Chew.

An Evesham police officer has settled her gender discrimination lawsuit against the Township for $65,000, according to a court-supervised agreement.

Erin Gorman was an Evesham police sergeant in 2021 when she sued the Township and Township Manager Robert Corrales in New Jersey Superior Court in Burlington County, contending they discriminated against her when they twice passed over her for promotion to lieutenant.

Gorman, promoted to lieutenant last July and the first woman to achieve the high rank, noted in her lawsuit that she scored higher than the four male candidates who also took the lieutenant test in 2020.

The Gloucester City woman was the Police Department's Supervisor of the Year for 2020. She joined the force in 2005 and was promoted to sergeant in 2012.

The settlement agreement, provided by the Township to 70and73.com through an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request, was signed in January by all parties and awards Gorman $39,000 and her lawyer, the Vigilante Law Firm of Mullica Hill in Gloucester County, $26,000.

Under the agreement, both sides are prohibited from discussing the terms of the settlement. As noted in most such agreements, the settlement is not an "admission of liability by either party." Municipalities frequently settle suits rather than face legal costs from protracted cases. 

At the heart of the suit are Gorman's allegations that two former department lieutenants whom she previously had charged with harassment or "inappropriate behavior" were permitted to sit on the promotional peer review board.

In the overall process, candidates for lieutenant were scored in four areas: written test, 45%; interview with township manager, 40%; leadership evaluation, 10% and education, 5%. 

Evesham admitted that in 2020 Gorman scored a 94, the highest grade for the written examination taken by Gorman and four male candidates. It also admitted that Township Manager Corrales scored her as an 80 in his interview with her. Gorman's score was tied with another candidate's as the lowest.

However, the Township denied Gorman's charge that Corrales manipulated his interview scores to "purposely disadvantage" her. It also denied the allegation that Gorman was "purposely underscored by the Township manager so that she would not be promoted."