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.
One of the plaintiffs says she decided to leave her intended career path because of the harassment and bullying behavior. The legal representative for the defendant has stated that the judiciary has done nothing wrong, and that as soon as the harassment was brought to the agency's attention, actions were taken. However, the plaintiffs charge that this was not the case, and that when they complained, little to nothing happened to change the hostile environment.
There is no word on how much money the women are requesting in damages as a result of the sexual harassment lawsuit they have filed in New Jersey. However, workers who have made similar allegations often ask the courts for back pay as well as monies to offset the emotional turmoil they may have faced. Though this may not erase some negative memories and effects, it can assist victims in moving past those experiences.
Source: app.com, "Monmouth County court employees sue state courts", Kathleen Hopkins, Aug. 25, 2014