Couple didn’t discriminate against home for people with autism


MIDDLETOWN – The operator of a nonprofit home for adults with autism has withdrawn harassment allegations against neighbors who, in turn, agreed to drop their challenge of a precedent-setting court decision expanding who can file discrimination lawsuits.

Oasis Therapeutic Life Centers, Inc. and neighbors Peter and Susan Wade issued a joint statement Thursday announcing settlement of a discrimination lawsuit brought in 2017 by the nonprofit agency against its neighbors along Navesink River Road, an affluent neighborhood that has been home to such luminaries as Gov. Phil Murphy and rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

Oasis sued the Wades, as well as Navesink Investments LLC and Robert and Loren Phillips, alleging the neighbors tried to block the agency from purchasing a farm on Navesink River Road on which to operate a transitional home. The lawsuit alleged that when the effort failed and the land sale went through in 2015, the neighbors embarked on a pattern of harassment that included placing menacing graffiti and horse manure on the grounds. …

Source: Couple didn’t discriminate against home for people with autism

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