With the partial shutdown of the federal government, the EEOC was essentially closed, offering limited services. Time to file a charge of discrimination was not extended and individuals who were within 30 days of the deadlines for filing were instructed to do so via hard copy, as the on-line portal was unavailable. » Read More
On December 21, 2018, the EEOC reported on the jury verdict issued just one day prior, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Favorite Farms, Inc. The jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling $850,000 against the employer for sexual harassment and retaliation. » Read More
Consistent with what appears to be a recent legislative trend throughout the country, New Jersey Senate Bill S121 would bar the use of confidentiality provisions in the settlement of certain discrimination and sexual harassment suits. On June 7, 2018, this bill passed the Senate almost unanimously. » Read More
Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a federal appellate court whose jurisdiction includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey, issued a precedential decision regarding sexual harassment claims that employers must take note of.
Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Corporate Counsel Business Journal. She was interviewed in“Avoiding the Hard and Soft Costs of Harassment Claims” in regard to workplace harassment. » Read More
The “#metoo” movement is here to stay. In just over four months, it has become a game changer in the field of sexual harassment and social norms in the American workplace. Not only have many prominent individuals and their employers already been affected, it is only a matter of time before this powerful social movement takes a firm root in all businesses, both small and large. » Read More
Well, the sun came up again today and, naturally, we woke up to more headlines involving sexual harassment in the workplace. This time, three on-air commentators from the NFL Network have been suspended due to allegations of sexual harassment by a former co-worker, Jami Cantor. » Read More
On September 17, 2015, New Jersey’s Appellate Division affirmed a lower court ruling that the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City did not discriminate against female employees by enforcing a personal appearance policy which, among other things, limited the amount of weight these employees could gain. » Read More