CAMDEN, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The former head of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board claims he was fired for reporting that a deputy commissioner violated health and safety rules.
Larry Hazzard Sr. sued state Attorney General Anne Milgram under the federal Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reported. In court papers, Hazzard asked for his job back, for back pay and punitive damages.
Hazzard, formerly New Jersey's chief boxing referee, was named commissioner in 1985. In court papers, he said that he was dismissed for accusing Seymour Cuyler, his deputy, of actions that jeopardized the safety of fighters, including allowing someone who failed an HIV test to fight, letting promoters seek doctors who would pass fighters and permitting mismatches in martial arts contests.
Cuyler was named acting commissioner to replace Hazzard.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J.