According to the settlement agreement, any disciplinary action against Tennant was also resolved.
The lawsuit was filed in February 2013 against Galloway Township, Galloway Township Police Department, former Chief Patrick Moran, former Captain Allan Kane and Corporal Jerry Houck.
The lawsuit contained multiple allegations of Racial Discrimination, Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment some of which dated back to 2003. Tennant has been a member of the Police Department since November 2000.
Tennant claimed he was subjected to numerous disciplines including an internal investigation on workman's compensation benefits the Township claimed he mistakenly received. Tennant was later cleared of the workman's comp investigation. Tennant was also removed from the Township's SWAT Team of which the Township indicated was due to budget cuts.
In 2013 then Township Manager Arch Liston stated in a press release released by the Township, “This litigation is garbage." “We are presently putting our defense team together and look forward to our day in court.”
Former Chief of Police Patrick Moran also stated, “As it pertains to my actions and the actions of my administration, this lawsuit is full of half truths, misleading information, and inaccuracies. Unfortunately, I am prohibited by law to discuss personnel related issues/details but I am prepared to defend against any and all allegations regarding our actions and any accusations levied upon the Township during my administration. I will also be pushing the Township to counter with a frivolous lawsuit action against Tennant and his Attorney and to push for the recovery of attorney’s fees for this entire matter.”
The lawsuit was settled in August 2015 for $200,000 which is paid to Tennant and his attorneys. Officer Tennant is still employed with the Galloway Township Police Department.