Weehawken pays $49,500 to settle gender discrimination suit.

On January 7, 2014, the Township of Weehawken (Hudson County) agreed to pay $49,500 to a female employee who had sued for gender discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.  The Township also agreed to transfer the employee to another Township department with her retaining the same seniority and benefits.  Of the $49,500, $4,500 was… Continue reading Weehawken pays $49,500 to settle gender discrimination suit.

Dog sniffs and police errors: What does “probable cause” actually mean in New Jersey?

The file on-line here contains both: a) Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson’s March 10, 2014 opinion which voided a warrant authorizing a search of a package containing marijuana that was shipped to the defendant via Federal Express, and b) A November 24, 2014 Appellate Division unpublished opinion that reversed Judge Sandson’s ruling.… Continue reading Dog sniffs and police errors: What does “probable cause” actually mean in New Jersey?

Freehold secretly pays $7,500 to settle police negligent arrest case.

On October 10, 2014, the Borough of Freehold (Monmouth County) agreed to pay $7,500 to a Trenton man who sued members of the Freehold Police Department for allegedly not taking his disability into account when arresting him. In his suit, Jerome White said that he had called 911 on July 8, 2010 to report a… Continue reading Freehold secretly pays $7,500 to settle police negligent arrest case.

Should a city attorney advise his city as to whether the city attorney is eligible for state pension enrollment?

I believe that a city attorney should not be involved in the municipal employer’s decision of whether the attorney is eligible for pension enrollment. . So, I filed the following complaint against Garfield City Attorney Joseph J. Rotolo.Update 10/30/16:  By way of an October 20, 2016 letter, the Local Finance Board dismissed the complaint.———————————————-December 4, 2014Patricia… Continue reading Should a city attorney advise his city as to whether the city attorney is eligible for state pension enrollment?

Was the Edison Ethics Board allowed to waive Mayor Lankey’s fine?

On December 2, 2014, the Edison Municipal Ethics Board made two decisions.  First, it found that Mayor Thomas Lankey violated the Local Government Ethics Law by using the free services of the Township lawyer to help fight a traffic ticket.  Second, it voted to not assess any fine or penalty against Lankey for the ethics… Continue reading Was the Edison Ethics Board allowed to waive Mayor Lankey’s fine?