NJ courts will focus on how businesses educate their employees about anti-harassment policies.
One of the recurring themes of this blog has been to emphasize NJ's pride of place as a jurisdiction in which the employment rights of employees are zealously protected, to a greater degree than nearly any other state in the country. That took a hit last week with the NJ Supreme Court's decision in Aguas_v._State. [...]
The last couple of days have brought news of sexual harassment cases that yielded big dollar awards but wildly contrasting results. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Andre Chreky apparently is the reigning king of hair stylists to the Washington, DC power elite. Or perhaps that should be "was" the reigning king. The recent settlement of two [...]
Got your attention, didn't we? But not without reason. As usual, there is a method to our madness. The legal news today just seemed to be filled with sexual harassment cases that illustrate the ways that office dalliances can affect the work environment, so say nothing of the dallier's (if that's a word) personal fortunes. [...]
The great Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once defined "law" as "the prophecies of what the courts will do in fact." So in one sense lawyers are prophets, soothsayers, predictors of an uncertain future. Lawyers try to figure out what courts will do when confronted with a unique situation that litigants present for decision. [...]
On June 8 the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision that clarifies an issue important to corporate liability for sexual harassment. The case is Huston v. Procter & Gamble Paper Products Corp. Here are the facts in brief. Priscilla Huston worked at P&G's Mehoopany plant on a team of technicians that ran [...]
Business Alert: Is It Negligent for a Business in NJ Not to Have an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy?
A hat tip to Professor Mitchell Rubenstein at the Adjunct Law Prof Blog, who twice this week has blogged on important recent court decisions in our backyard, first from the 3rd Circuit, and now from the NJ Appellate Division. The case is Cerdeira v. Martindale-Hubbell. We'll be paying more attention to this over the next [...]
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to a local business group about employment law. The subject of sexual harassment arose, and we spent a few minutes talking about the kinds of conduct that do and do not constitute harassment in the legal --- as opposed to the colloquial --- sense. This morning I [...]
"I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee . . ." ~ Carly Simon, "You're So Vain" Coffee was a nightmare, not a dream, for Tamara Klopfenstein, a short-tenured, part-time receptionist and clerk for National Sales & Supply, LLC. Klopfenstein took offense at being asked to bring the bosses [...]
About 9 months ago we posted on the legal problems of the popular tourist restaurant Tavern on the Green. Seems that male management was accused of being a little too handy with the female wait staff. Now the NY Times reports that the restaurant has settled with the EEOC for $2.2 million. Ouch.