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Sexual harassment affects New Jersey men and women

Though sexual harassment on the job has often been thought of as a problem faced by female employees, more male workers are bringing their own cases to light. This may be due to the fact that traditional societal barriers to men reporting sexual harassment have begun to fall in New Jersey, as well as around the nation. Thus, males can now feel free to call attention to this unacceptable behavior by colleagues. Sometimes, though, it may be necessary for them to go through the legal system to bring to light their experiences.

One New Jersey man who once worked as an investigator in Cumberland County is now suing court system workers, the state and the judiciary of the state due to what he contends was sexual harassment by his female coworkers that was allowed to continue. He asserts that the women "came on" to him during his nine month tenure at the workplace. Despite his rebuffs to his female colleagues' alleged advancements, he states that they continued to talk to him about inappropriate subjects and to compliment his physique.

New York breach of contract claims can reach millions of dollars

Because all breach of contract claims are different, the financial remuneration involved in winning a suit can vary. Some breach of contract claims are for relatively modest amounts; others can be in the millions. One New Jersey case pending in Bankruptcy Court falls into the latter categor, and involves back pay that the plaintiff claims has been withheld by the defendant, a government entity.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a financial services company that oversaw the finances for a hotel whose governing body has now filed for bankruptcy. The financial company alleges that it is owed in excess of $1.5 million for work done over the past few years. It asserts that the original contract with the hotel, which was signed in 2000, must be honored by the governing body.

Some New Jersey breach of contract claims end with employment

When a contract is breached, the victimized party may never again want to work with the entity that caused the breach. This is an understandable reaction, though it isn't always the case -- nor does it always make financial sense. Some breach of contract claims that are filed in New Jersey and end in favor of the plaintiff afford the opportunity for the plaintiff to once again work with the defendant. One of these types of breach of contract claims is when the claim is between organizations.

A recycling company had its contract terminated by a New Jersey municipality. Officials in leadership positions at the municipality claimed that the recycling company had not performed its duties as expected. Thus, the company was informed that its services would not be needed any longer.

Breach of contract claims stand up, according to New Jersey court

Sometimes, those seeking breach of contract claims in New Jersey and/or other states run into snags during the process. At that point, they might choose to appeal their breach of contract claims to a higher court so they can proceed. This is what has occurred for business members of a nonprofit group who believe they are owed money from a company that is now bankrupt and have filed a federal suit.

The aforementioned business members are part of a nonprofit that was formed by entities to deal with asbestos claims. In the early 2000s, however, one of the business members filed for bankruptcy. Yet the remaining business members of the nonprofit still paid more than $250 million in personal injury claim settlements that they purport were directly related to lawsuits regarding the bankrupt company that was a former member. They are seeking to recover those monies in their federal case.

Employment disputes in New Jersey can happen at government levels

Individuals at all stages of their careers and in all industries can experience employment disputes. In fact, one New Jersey city's acting manager is accusing those who hired him of now trying to get him fired due to his blowing the whistle on their "thuggish" and "mob-like" ways. His lawsuit incriminates many of his erstwhile colleagues, whom he says are major players in this prime example of white collar, high level, government employment disputes.

The acting manager was hired in Hackensack by a coalition that had promised citizens it would get the New Jersey city back on track. Now, he alleges that the coalition is trying to force him out because he has exposed them for gouging taxpayers by paying inflated salaries, among other purported unethical activity. He claims in his Superior Court suit that even the mayor, deputy mayor and police director have retaliated against him.

Former New Jersey City administrator alleges wrongful termination

The concept of wrongful termination can stem from many different origins, depending upon the individual who believes he or she was "let go" from an employer in an unlawful manner. Consequently, each case of alleged wrongful termination carries with it a burden of proof that is very specific to the incidents or actions that purportedly occurred. For instance, a former Business Administrator of the New Jersey city of Vineland claims that his colleagues sought illegal means to get rid of him, even though he was doing his job as expected.

The employee in this instance was hired in Aug. 2013. His tenure lasted less than a year, as he was fired unanimously during a special meeting of the City Council in late spring 2014. The reason he was allegedly given for his termination was that he had failed to appear in order to give testimony following his receipt of a subpoena. He asserts that he never said he would not appear but that the subpoena was improperly served upon him.

Woman files sexual harassment claim against county

Being sexually harassed on the job in New Jersey can be demeaning for an employee. If the individual tries to fight for justice by complaining about the inappropriate treatment and then gets fired, this can feel like a slap in the face -- not to mention the pocketbook. One woman in another state is currently facing this unfortunate sexual harassment situation.

The female county employee recently filed a suit against her employer after she said she reported workplace sexual harassment and was terminated. The suit was filed in early June. The woman said she’d been working for her employer in various positions since 2001.

Settlement reached in New Jersey sexual harassment case

Sexual harassment can and does happen in all types of workplace environments, including organizations that provide emergency medical services. In fact, a New Jersey case settled recently after an EMT brought a lawsuit against her former employer. The suit alleged a number of sexual harassment incidents that she said led to her being suspended and then terminated.

The EMT purports that she was initially harassed by a supervisor through inappropriate text messages that indicated he wanted to have a sexual relationship with her. When she did not respond favorably to his alleged requests to have intimate contact, she says that he asked to get together with her under the guise of a work-related meeting. During that private meeting, she contends that he began to discuss items of a sexual nature, which made her uncomfortable.

New Jersey food worker claims sexual harassment, wage violations

Every person who accepts a job and works the agreed-upon hours deserves to be paid, as well as to expect a working environment free from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. In New Jersey, a fast food chain with three locations is being accused of fostering an atmosphere that allegedly led to one employee experiencing repeated sexual harassment incidents, in addition to wage violations.

The woman at the center of this case was employed at the fast food restaurant chain for portions of 2012 and 2013. Her claim purports that, during her time as a prep cook, she repeatedly worked overtime but was not paid appropriately. Because she was not in a management position, this type of withholding of time-and-a-half is contrary to applicable law. The plaintiff also asserts that, when she did work 40-plus hours, she received the extra hours' pay in cash. This made it difficult to prove how many hours she specifically worked.

New Jersey breach of contract claims re 2014 Borgata Poker Open

When it comes to the 2014 Borgata Poker Open in New Jersey, there's plenty at stake for the Open's execs. While it was agreed in April that players who were affected by counterfeit chips should be reimbursed at a certain rate, six players have decided that the final payout isn't enough. They are suing the Open for numerous allegations. These breach of contract claims are making waves across the gambling news headlines.

The players claim that the Open was operated in such a way as to knowingly and unknowingly hurt the players. According to reports, their complaint includes assertions of breach of contract, negligence and varieties of the two counts. They are each seeking just under $34,000 in damages over and above the funds they have already received.

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