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New Jersey judiciary employees claim sexual harassment in suit

The offices of the judiciary courts in New Jersey run just like any other business would. This means that anything that happens at other companies, including sexual harassment, can happen there. Case in point: a recent lawsuit alleges workplace sexual harassment by two former judiciary employees from Monmouth County.

The two workers, both female, claim that their former supervisor, a female court administrator, created a toxic atmosphere that made it impossible for them to stay. According to their reports, their workdays were filled with their boss talking about sexually explicit topics and sending emails with links to pornographic sites. She also allegedly spoke freely about subject matter inappropriate for public conversations, including feminine hygiene.

New Jersey breach of contract claims part of Sandy legacy

When Superstorm Sandy hit the coastal towns of New Jersey in 2012, the short-term damage was apparent and widespread. However, it would seem to have a more long-lasting impact than might be expected, judging by breach of contract claims reports. One of those breach of contract claims is between a Carlstadt-based printing company and its insurer.

The printing company, which has thus far received $1.25 million in insurance monies to cover damage and debris cleanup, believes that its insurance company actually owes more than $35 million more to cover additional problems that were related to electrical surges, not flooding. The company's representatives have said that their work with a third party indicated that power surges that happened prior to water damage caused issues with the performance of some of their printing machines. Now, those machines are still reportedly not operating.

New Jersey breach of contract claims by businesses can be won

When businesses in New Jersey feel compelled to pursue breach of contract claims, there may be concerns about the cost of the lawsuit. However, it's important for companies to feel secure in the knowledge that the law may favor them if they have strong cases. For instance, their breach of contract claims could be against deceitful customers, as was the situation with a recent Garden State automobile dealership.

The auto dealership's contention was that a man's trade-in had a bad title. The man apparently told the dealership that he was the primary owner of the vehicle. Later, the dealership discovered that the man's wife, from whom he was estranged, also legally owned the vehicle. The wife refused to sign the title, and the man was forced to bring back the vehicle he had gotten as part of his trade-in agreement.

Employee from New Jersey settles wrongful termination suit

It is illegal to fire an employee simply because she becomes pregnant. In one wrongful termination suit that's finally come to an end in New Jersey, this is exactly what the plaintiff said occurred. The charges of wrongful termination and ensuing legal actions ultimately earned her a settlement of $55,000 as a result.

The woman's suit stems from her being fired from Trane U.S. during the last few weeks she was pregnant. She says she had to take medical leave because of her condition, as per her doctor's orders. She also claims that she was let go as a direct result.

New Jersey interns facing sexual harassment have legal rights

When it comes to internships at New Jersey businesses, there's no doubt that they can be thankless positions. Long days of working, tedious tasks and little to no pay can make them tough to stomach; however, they are definitely worth it for students who want to gain the skills and contacts that internships can provide. With that being said, there is no reason for interns to suffer from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, many young people in intern roles may not recognize that they do have legal rights when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace.

The main issue can sometimes be that interns aren't always certain of the parameters they should expect when they are working on behalf of an organization. They know that they'll be at the lower rung of the proverbial "corporate ladder," so they often have lowered expectations of what they'll be asked to do. Plus, sexual harassment can often take subtle forms, especially at first.

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.

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