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New Jersey board of education settles harassment claims

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 3:36:00 PM

When asked, most educators in New Jersey would say that their job is rewarding. Those who work with children find joy in knowing that they have made a difference in a young life. But let's face it; the job of any educator is not always an easy one. With enough on their plate, no school official should have to suffer sexual harassment on top of it all, but that is exactly what one New Jersey guidance counselor said she had to endure.

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Sexual harassment claim continues against NJ school board

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 3:01:00 PM

Most people think that sexual harassment only occurs when someone makes a pass at them or touches them inappropriately. Although this type of conduct may likely be sexual harassment, according to one recent ruling out of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, even less threatening conduct, or conduct directed to third parties, can be a form of sexual harassment as well.

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What actually counts as workplace sexual harassment in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 2:48:00 PM

Sexual harassment at work is illegal under both the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is a pernicious form of gender discrimination, but we often hear bitter comments on how we have now outlawed every-day friendliness and flirting.

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27 Percent of Flight Attendants are Victims of Sexual Harassment

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 2:32:00 PM

Sexual harassment in the workplace is something that many people in New Jersey have been forced to deal with. Unfortunately, some professions come with a higher likelihood than others of being victimized sexual harassment.

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Report reveals what New Jersey spends on sexual harassment cases

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 2:14:00 PM

The Asbury Park Press performed an investigation into the issue of sexual harassment within the state government, finding that millions of dollars are spent in settlements for this workplace harassment. They also found that many of the state employees' names in lawsuits are still in their job position or have retired with "lucrative" pensions.

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Upscale steakhouse to settle sexual harassment suit

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 1:17:00 PM

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has accused a high-end steakhouse in New York City of ignoring sexual harassment complaints for years. The restaurant will be paying nearly two dozen male waiters $600,000, conducting anti-discrimination training and establishing an anonymous hotline for reporting discrimination as a result of the actions of a male manager. Over the course of years, the federal lawsuit argues, the manager was groping employees and making "lewd comments," which the management ignored.

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The Law Against Discrimination protects both men and women from homosexual or heterosexual harassment

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 1:08:00 PM

It is becoming more and more prevalent and the cases are becoming more and more publicized. The law, however, rarely differentiates between sexual harassment and homosexual harassment. Many times one is subjected to unwanted sexual advances in the work place, much like we saw in the Movie "Disclosure" when Demi Moore stalked and harassed Michael Douglas. While the movie sensationalized the harassment, it too often is not far off from what can really happen. The movie Disclosure demonstrated an "not-so-typical" form of sexual harassment because it was a woman harassing a man.

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What is a hostile work environment

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 12:41:00 PM

I often tell my clients, it's not illegal to be a "jerk" but it is illegal for an employer to make decisions based upon one's sex, age, color, or a disability. Therefore, I hear often "I was being harassed at work." There is a lot more to this statement that needs to be questioned, and we, as lawyers, need to know what you mean by "I was being harassed at work." A hostile work environment implies more than just a dispute, or disagreement with your supervisor, over policy or the day-to-day affairs of your job. In order to prove a hostile work environment, claim, you will need to demonstrate:

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Appellate court upholds sexual harassment settlement

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 12:29:00 PM

A New Jersey restaurant owner disputed a settlement he agreed to for a sexual harassment claim, but the appellate panel has upheld the original decision. The settlement was negotiated in 2011 following allegations that the man had sexually harassed female employees over the course of several years. According to the settlement, the man would pay the state $15,000 and payout $60,000 to the employees involved. Additionally, the company would provide training on workplace discrimination and harassment to all employees.

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Mark Law Firm wins federal court sexual harassment trial

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 8, 2014 12:19:00 PM

In August 2009, the Mark Law Firm filed a Federal Title VII Sexual Harassment, Hostile Work Environment, Discrimination and Retaliation lawsuit for Iris Cuadra against Univision Communications Inc.

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