Every New Jersey employee has the right to enjoy a safe workplace that is free of discrimination, harassment and bullying. Sadly, many individuals face discrimination and harassment because of their sexual orientation, race, sex or religion. While most workplaces have policies prohibiting offensive comments and actions; many fail to take appropriate steps to enforce these policies.
Often employees are unaware of their right to protect themselves against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Even if an employee knows quite well that something wrong is going on at work, he or she may not speak up for fear of losing the job. In these cases, putting up with harassment or retaliation sometimes leads to physical symptoms that diminish the worker's quality of life in and out of the workplace.
An employee of the town of Morristown, New Jersey, has filed a civil suit against the town, a zoning officer and any the town's agents who knew about or should have known about the zoning officer's unlawful behavior and failed to protect the female employee. The employee's lawsuit claims from 2009 on the employee was subjected to a "pattern of stalking, sexual harassment and retaliation" for rejecting the man's advances.