NVHomes sued by ex-worker

December 07, 1990|By Timothy J. Mullaney

A former quality-control inspector for NVHomes has sued the financially troubled homebuilding company and its parent company, NVR L.P., claiming that he was wrongfully demoted and effectively forced to resign after refusing to overlook quality problems in the company's homes.

Ray Gordon Scott of Forest Hill alleged in a $5.2 million suit that he clashed with executives in NVHomes' production department who tried to get him fired and got him transferred to a manual-labor job in which he hurt his back, according to his attorney, David R. Batzer.

NVR wouldn't comment directly on the lawsuit, but company spokesman Douglas H. Poretz noted that a number of executives have been demoted or let go in the company's drive to cut costs and assure its survival.

"We know the way the company will succeed is by building high-quality houses," Mr. Poretz said. "Our reputation is the strongest asset we have right now, and we're not going to sacrifice it."

In the suit, filed in Harford County Circuit Court, Mr. Scott alleged that when he was called to the homes of Montgomery County customers who wanted repairs made, he angered his colleagues by also pointing out problems that the customers hadn't previously noted.

When he refused to stop pointing out the additional problems and demanding that they be fixed, Mr. Scott said, two NVHomes executives tried to get him fired by falsely contending that Mr. Scott had put in for bonuses he hadn't earned and that he had falsified service records.

Mr. Scott said he was then offered what was supposed to be a lateral transfer to the company's Baltimore division and that he was told the 14-person quality-control and customer-service department he headed would be disbanded.

But instead of a supervisory job, Mr. Scott claims, he found himself doing manual labor. The department wasn't disbanded, the suit said.

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