Former commissioner will not get back pay from state
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HARRISBURG – Commonwealth Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by former state Deputy Labor Secretary Allen Cwalina, who also served as a Northumberland County Commissioner. Cwalina filed the lawsuit against the state after he was convicted of crashing his state issued car while driving drunk.
The Patriot News reports Cwalina claimed in his breach of contract lawsuit that he was forced to quit after his 2009 conviction in Cumberland County, even though he had entered a program that he was told would help save his job. He sought payment for lost wages, sick leave, vacation and retirement benefits. A Dauphin County judge dismissed Cwalina’s lawsuit last year.
Commonwealth Court has concluded that the dismissal of the suit was proper and also said Cwalina missed the “window of time” for filing a breach of contract lawsuit against the state. That window is six months from the time of the alleged breach and Cwalina reportedly waited more than 20 months to sue. (Ali Stevens)