Here in New Jersey, the relationships between employers and their employees are generally governed by both contract law and state and federal law. When a legal dispute arises, it is often beneficial for both parties to resolve the matter outside of court to save time and money. However, it is often wise to do so under the guidance of an attorney who will ensure one's interests are protected. In some cases, of course, it still becomes necessary to go to trial to accomplish one's goals.
In a recent employment dispute that has now wrapped up in New Jersey, a former police chief accused the borough of retaliating against him for his actions as a whistle-blower and denying him pay for unused sick time.
The case has roots as far back as 2005 when South Bound Brook Mayor Jo-Anne Schubert resigned after the borough's police chief reported her to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office for awarding municipal work to her brother's company.
The police chief claims he was retaliated against after reporting the mayor, and he was ultimately forced to resign in 2008. He agreed to resign with a $207,155 payment for unused sick days, vacation and personal hours, but when he stepped down he was paid only for the vacation and personal days.
He filed a lawsuit against South Bound Brook in 2010, saying he was owed more than $110,000 for the unpaid sick time. The borough has now agreed to pay him $155,000 to settle the lawsuit.
When employment disputes arise, both the employer and employee tend to have a lot at stake. It is often wise for both parties to work with their own attorneys to learn about their rights and whether mediation, arbitration or civil litigation is the best way to resolve the dispute.
Source: NJ.com, "Former South Bound Brook police chief gets $155K to settle unused sick time suit," Jeff Goldman, Jan. 3, 2012
- More information about civil litigation, mediation and arbitration and employment law is available on our Essex County law firm's website.