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Estate of South Woods inmate who was allegedly told “You might as well kill yourself” by a corrections officer prior to his 2009 suicide, settled lawsuit against State for $304,419.25.

On September 4, 2019, the State of New Jersey agreed to pay $304,419.25 to the estate of an inmate at a Cumberland County state prison who claimed that corrections officers did not monitor him closely enough even though they knew he was a suicide risk.  The lawsuit claimed that one of the officers, the day […]

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Gloucester County Improvement Authority confidentially paid out $55,000 to settle kitchen worker’s sexual harassment lawsuit.

On December 2, 2019, the Gloucester County Improvement Authority quietly agreed to pay $55,000 to a kitchen worker at the Authority’s Shady Lane Child Development Center who had sued the Authority for sexual harassment and for maintaining a hostile work environment.  The alleged harassment included a supervisor presenting her “with a sexually-suggestive plate of food, […]

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New Hanover school district paid out $70,000 to settle lawsuit filed by student who said nothing was done to prevent her from being physically assaulted and called “whitey” by other students.

On December 19, 2019, Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder approved a $70,000 settlement to resolve a female student’s lawsuit against the New Hanover School District (Burlington County).  The girl, who enrolled in the school district as a third-grader in 2013 and is identified in the lawsuit only by her initials M.S., said that […]

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New Lisbon Developmental Center paid out $150,000 to settle female worker’s sexual harassment suit.

On October 14, 2019, the New Lisbon Developmental Center (NLDC), a State-operated facility in Burlington County treating women and men with intellectual and developmental disabilities, agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a female Cottage Training Technician who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker despite his reputation as […]

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Buena Regional paid out $185,000 to settle secretary’s hostile work environment lawsuit.

On May 6, 2019, the Buena Regional Board of Education (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a confidential secretary who claimed that the school district’s business administrator gave a female employee in whom he had a sexual interest a $10,000 raise to be his secretary.  According to the suit,  […]

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Belleville paid out $235,000 to settle former court administrator’s harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

On August 21, 2018, the Township of Belleville (Essex County) agreed to pay $235,000 and provide lifetime health benefits to settle a lawsuit filed by the Township’s former court administrator who claimed that her co-workers created a sexually hostile workplace and that one of them “intentionally expose[d] her breast to [her] and excreted breast milk […]

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Bedminster paid out $450,000 to suspended police officer and reinstated him retroactive to October 2, 2017 to settle his whistleblower lawsuit. For his part, the cop agreed to retire effective December 31, 2018.

On December 3, 2018, the Township of Bedminster (Somerset County) agreed to pay $450,000 to a police officer the Township Committee voted to suspend with pay on October 2, 2017.  Of the $450,000, $150,000 was paid by the Township and the other $300,000 was paid by the Township’s insurance carrier. In his lawsuit, John A. […]

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Roseland confidentially paid out $325,000, made two promotions to settle police officers’ whistleblower lawsuit.

On September 12, 2018, the Borough of Roseland (Essex County) quietly agreed to pay $110,000 to three of six officers who sued the Borough’s police chief in 2014, to promote to lieutenant two sergeants who had sued and to pay the officers’ attorney $215,000.  As part of the settlement deal, the two newly promoted lieutenants […]

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Absecon confidentially paid out $85,000 to settle motel manager’s police excessive force lawsuit.

On June 29, 2018, the City of Absecon (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $85,000 to the manager of a Whitehorse Pike motel who claimed that police pepper sprayed him and broke his shoulder when he told them that they weren’t doing their jobs. In his lawsuit, Rohit B. Surti, manager of the Budget Inn 4 […]

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Perth Amboy confidentially paid out $125,000 to settle former police officer’s racial harassment lawsuit.

On August 8, 2018, the Perth Amboy (Middlesex County) City Council resolved to pay $125,000 to a now retired police officer who said that he was subjected to racial slurs and racial discrimination. In his lawsuit, Stephen Petrosino, who described himself as being “of African-American and Caucasian decent [sic],” claimed that other Perth Amboy police […]