who gained notoriety after a lawsuit alleged she had an urn of fake ashes of employees she had fired, to retire as a tax collector, effective June 1, 2014.Point Pleasant Boro reached a settlement that would allow Bernadine Pearce, the tax collector
Michelle Ruppert, a former tax clerk, sued in March Pearce, the borough and Administrator David Maffei for allowing a hostile work environment and discriminated against people with disabilities.
Pearce has worked at the local government for approximately 40 years, said Borough Attorney Jerry Dasti. The borough is planning to advertise for a new tax collector, according to resolution passed at Tuesday night's council meeting.
No date has been set on Ruppert's lawsuit, Dasti said. Various media reports describing the lawsuit's allegations claim that Pearce threw papers at Ruppert and
called her a “waste of a human being,” encouraged Pearce’s daughter and
co-worker to give Ruppert the middle finger and referred to Ruppert as a
“mess up” who should just “quit her job.”