Top Settlements And Verdicts From The Employment Law, Civil Rights And Personal Injury Attorneys of Costello & Mains
The following are case results obtained from 2013 to present. These are some of the 400+ successful results in 2013-present:
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
$170,000 For Sexual Harassment and Constructive Discharge
Plaintiff worked for a public entity. Her male boss made sexual comments and gestures which became bad enough that Plaintiff was forced to resign her position.
$100,000 For Racial and Retaliatory Harassment
Plaintiff, a black man working for a private employer, was called the N-word, and when he complained, he was further harassed.
$305,000 For Two Plaintiffs for Sexual Harassment
Two female Plaintiffs were harassed by their male supervisor in a private employment setting.
$425,000 For Failure to Pay Wages and Breach of Contract
Plaintiff was taken advantage of by a private employer, not paid full wages, and had an employment contract breached.
$105,000 For Disability Discrimination and Retaliation
Plaintiff was discriminated against based on his disability by a private employer, and then retaliated against.
$100,000 For Disability Retaliation
Plaintiff was injured on the job and then punished for asking for asserting her rights.
$250,000 Settlement for Retaliation Against an Employee Who Reported Fraud
Plaintiff worked at a public entity and objected to possible fraud in the manner in which certain contracts were administrated. Plaintiff was suspended and then terminated.
$107,500 Settlement for Sexual Orientation and Racial Harassment, and Retaliation
Plaintiff, a gay woman of color, was harassed both because of her orientation and in a racist way. She complained to no avail, and was eventually fired pretextually.
$230,000 Settlement for Legal Malpractice in an Employment Matter
Plaintiff retained defendant attorney to litigate an employment case, but the attorney did not perform their work up to the standards expected by the profession.
$1,350,000 Settlement for Gender Discrimination
Several Plaintiffs worked for the Defendant company and contended that they were not fairly treated or compensated.
$150,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
Plaintiff suffered sexual harassment and then complained, but suffered retaliation which led to an end of employment.
$142,500 Settlement for Racial Harassment and Discriminatory Discharge
Plaintiff, a man of color, was the subject of racial hostility in the workplace which was not addressed, and contended that race formed a consideration in his eventual discharge.
$110,000 Settlement for Gender and Perceived Disability-Based Harassment permitted by a School
Plaintiff is a minor who was subjected to bullying and intimidation by fellow students. The harassment was made known to the school officials and the administrators of the Board of Education, yet there was no meaningful or preventative response.
$170,000 Judgement for a Wrongful Termination Matter under the New Jersey Family Leave Act and New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law
Plaintiff submitted a request for leave application to her employer to take care of her son’s medical condition. Plaintiff’s request was denied. Plaintiff was offered a schedule of three days per week. When plaintiff could not find care for her son right away, she was terminated.
$198,500 Settlement for a Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act Matter Alleging Gender Discrimination
Plaintiff was being paid substantially less than her male counterpart. The differential in pay between plaintiff and her co-worker was not the result of any seniority or merit system, difference in training, difference in education, or difference in experience or quantity or quality of plaintiff’s production. Plaintiff requested a reason for the pay disparity and the defendant failed to respond.
$125,000 Settlement for Racial Harassment Matter
Plaintiff is a black male who was harassed because of his race. Plaintiff made upper management aware of the harassment but the harassment continued because the company failed to take reasonable steps to stop it.
$115,000 Settlement for a Harassment Matter Based on Gender
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by several employees of the defendant. Plaintiff advised management regarding the ongoing sexually inappropriate behavior and comments, yet the conduct continued.
$280,000 Settlement for a Conscientious Employee Protection Act Matter.
Plaintiff complained about a fellow driver for the company who consistently fell asleep behind the wheel. Plaintiff complained to upper management, though his complaints went unheeded and no remedial action was taken.
$120,000 Settlement for a Violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967 and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act for Sexual Harassment, Discrimination on the Basis of Sex and Religion.
Plaintiff was subjected to several harassing comments and threats of a sexual nature by a fellow employee. When plaintiff reported the harassment, the defendant did not take any action to address or remediate the harassment.
$100,000 Settlement for a Sexual Discrimination Matter in the Course of Utilization of Place of Public Accommodation
Plaintiff was sexually discriminated against in the course of a contractual relationship and in the course of utilization of a place of public accommodation. Plaintiff did not invite, consent to, or contribute to the inappropriate and unwarranted touching conducted by the defendant.
$112,500 Settlement for a New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff was wrongfully terminated by employer after objecting and/or refusing to participate in conduct that was believed to be violating one more compelling public polices of the State of New Jersey.
$200,000 Settlement for Racial Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was subjected to racial harassment in the workplace. When plaintiff advised upper management of the harassment that she was enduring, as well as other employees, the company refused to implement any of the suggestions made by Plaintiff to correct the harassment such as diversity training or discipline for discriminatory behavior.
$100,000 Settlement for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act alleging sexual harassment and retaliation.
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by fellow co-workers. Despite plaintiff’s complaint about the sexual harassment, nothing was done to stop the harassment, and the harassment continued.
$120,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiffs had been exposed to sexual harassment in their work environment for a period of years that had been continuous, ongoing and regular. Plaintiffs made numerous complaints to their superiors advising of the harassment, yet nothing was proved effective, and the harassment continued.
$150,000 Settlement for a Sexual Harassment Case
Plaintiff was sexually harassed and the harassment was severe and pervasive. The harassment was conducted by members of upper management and created an abusive and hostile work environment.
$100,000 Settlement for a Conscientious Employee Protection Act Matter
The defendants in the matter were not licensed or approved to sell in certain locations. Plaintiff was required, even though he knew his company was not licensed, to continue to sell in the area. Plaintiff objected, believing it to be unlawful, and feared that it could impact their license status.
$137,500 Settlement for a Sexual Harassment Case
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed due to her gender. Even after plaintiff reported the harassment to upper management, the harassment continued.
$105,000 Settlement for a Disability Discrimination Matter
Plaintiff was subjected to harassment by upper management which resulted in severe anxiety and stress. When plaintiff informed upper management of the harassment and the resulting illness caused by the harassment, he was terminated.
$110,000 Settlement for a Failure to Accommodate and Disability Discrimination Matter.
Plaintiff underwent medical treatment and was out of work during that time. When plaintiff was able to return to work with limited restrictions, she was advised by her employers that she could not return to work with those restrictions.
$162,500 Settlement for a Disability Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was harassed by her supervisor based upon her disability. Plaintiff was caused to suffer significant and extreme emotional distress, as her disability significantly worsened as a consequence of the harassment. Plaintiff complained about the harassment but nothing was done.
$265,000 Settlement for a Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff participated in a decision to have a co-worker removed due to damaging behavior in the place of employment. When management decided to keep the co-worker and just move them to a different area, plaintiff objected to the proposal and engaged in CEPA protected activity. Defendants in the matter made publicly false, derogatory and humiliating comments about plaintiff.
$115,000 Settlement for Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff worked for a company that received funding from the State of New Jersey. The defendant was supposed to allocate a specific number of hours for patient care with those funds. Plaintiff disclosed to upper management that the defendants were not doing so and were therefore in violation of a law, a rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to law, an act of fraud, or actions incompatible as a clear mandate of public policy. Plaintiff was terminated.
$150,000 Settlement for a violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) for Unlawful Reprisal Matter
Plaintiffs were wrongfully terminated after complaining to upper management regarding inappropriate and harassing conduct toward one of the plaintiffs by a co-worker.
$150,000 Settlement for Disability Discrimination Matter
Plaintiff was disabled and put on restrictions at her place of employment. Defendant accommodated plaintiff until she was injured again and placed on leave. When plaintiff was cleared to return to work, defendants denied plaintiff’s request for continued accommodation and plaintiff was advised to return to work without any accommodations. Plaintiff was constructively discharged from her employment.
$130,000 Settlement for Disability Harassment Matter
Plaintiff had an allergy, which was a disability. Plaintiff was out of work due to an allergic reaction, and when plaintiff returned to work, he was harassed by upper management due to his disability. Plaintiff complained about the harassment, yet the harassment continued.
$100,000 Settlement for a School Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was a minor who was subjected to severe racism, homophobia, and sexism in a school setting. School officials were made aware of the harassment, yet the school did nothing.
$125,000 SETTLEMENT FOR HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT MATTER BASED ON RACE/ETHNICITY
Plaintiff was subjected to racist and homophobic comments from her supervisor. Even after plaintiff reported the conduct to upper management, nothing was done and plaintiff was even threatened to be terminated if she reported such conduct again. Plaintiff’s supervisor continued to treat plaintiff poorly.
$113,000 SETTLEMENT FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AND FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE AND RETALIATION MATTER
Plaintiff suffered an injury at work and when cleared to return to work, was given certain restrictions. Plaintiff’s employer immediately terminated plaintiff because the employer stated he no longer qualified for the current job as a result of the medical restrictions, even though plaintiff was capable of performing all essential functions of his job, with an accommodation.
$271,000 JUDGMENT FOR LEGAL MALPRACTICE IN AN EMPLOYMENT ACTION
Plaintiff was the victim of legal malpractice in an employment claim she brought against her former employer. The defendant was found to have committed legal malpractice and ordered by a court to pay $271,907 to Plaintiff in damages.
$150,000 Settlement for Age Discrimination, Harassment & Unlawful Termination
Plaintiff was a long-term employee who was subjected to ongoing harassing comments by upper management regarding his age, and threats of termination, were he not to retire. Following Plaintiff’s complaints of Defendant’s discriminatory and harassing conduct to Human Resources, Plaintiff suffered retaliatory treatment including an unlawful discharge.
$135,000 Settlement for Age Discrimination and Contract Violations
Plaintiff was a decades-long veteran employee who was replaced by a substantially younger employee after being told he was ‘getting too old.” Plaintiff’s discriminatory termination was in violation of Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”).
$100,000 Settlement for Violation of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act
After objecting to Defendant’s illegal attempts to deny an employee’s leave request as well as allegedly unlawful pay practices, Plaintiff suffered retaliation.
$220,000.00 Settlement for violation of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act for engaging in Whistleblowing Activity
Plaintiff was a long-term employee who spoke up about violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Plaintiff spoke to the Executive Director and later the CEO who did nothing about the incident. Plaintiff engaged in further CEPA protected activity with regards to an employee’s pay and was ultimately terminated as a result of same.
$125,000.00 Settlement for Racial Discrimination and Harassment
Plaintiff was treated less favorably than co-workers who were not African American. After reporting racial comments and harassment to a Union Vice President, no actions were taken as a result. Plaintiff then took complaints to another member of upper management and again, no actions were taken on behalf of Plaintiff. As a result of defendants’ unlawful activity, Plaintiff suffered both economic and non-economic harm.
$140,000.00 Settlement for violation of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act for engaging in whistleblowing activity.
Plaintiff was a long-term employee who spoke up when she believed her company was going against policy. As upper management refused to comply with the policy, plaintiff continued to address same. Plaintiff was retaliated against and ultimately terminated for refusing to engage in fraudulent behavior.
$185,000.00 Settlement for Disability Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate and Retaliation Matter
Plaintiff requested a reasonable accommodation to be on light duty due to medical reasons. Plaintiff was discriminated against by members of upper management when due to his perceived disability, they denied his accommodation request and forced him to take unpaid leave. As a result of the unlawful conduct, Plaintiff had been forced to suffer both economic and non-economic harm.
$150,000.00 Settlement for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination and Retaliation
Plaintiff was a long-term employee who was subjected to sexual harassment on a daily basis. The harassment followed by discrimination was participated in by members of upper management and ownership. Subsequent to plaintiff engaging in protected activity, she was subjected to adverse employment actions, including, but not limited to, her termination.
$170,000.00 Settlement for Sexual Harassment and Constructive Discharge Matter
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by her direct manager. Plaintiff reported the conduct to upper management and her allegations were not supported by the human resources department. Plaintiff’s resignation amounted to a constructive discharge in violation of the Law Against Discrimination.
$165,000 Settlement Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by a direct supervisor. Plaintiff was eventually terminated from employment due to the fact that she refused to engage in the sexual conduct the supervisor was demanding she perform.
$185,000 Settlement for Unlawful Discharge Matter Based on Age and Gender
Plaintiff was a female who was discharged from her place of employment based on the fact that her employer wanted an all younger male team.
$165,000 Judgment for Sexual Harassment and Retaliatory Discharge Matter
Plaintiff was continually sexual harassment by a member of upper management. When plaintiff alerted her superior of the sexual harassment, plaintiff was eventually terminated.
$100,000 Judgment for Disability Discrimination and Perception of Disability Matter
Plaintiff was working in an environment where conditions were affecting a medical condition. When plaintiff tried to protect his health by wearing protective clothing, plaintiff was terminated.
$925,000 Settlement For Victim of Housing Negligence
Client was assaulted as a result of improper failure to install and maintain an apartment door in accord with state law.
$120,000 Settlement for Racial Discrimination
Plaintiff complained about racial harassment to her employer on multiple occasions and yet no action was taken to stop the harassment. Plaintiff was even retaliated against due to complaining about the harassment. Plaintiff was eventually terminated.
$450,000 Settlement for Multiple Plaintiffs in a Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiffs were continually sexually harassed by their supervisor. Even though complaints were made with regards to the supervisor’s harassing behavior, the harassment continued.
$430,000 Settlement for Legal Malpractice in Sex Abuse Case
Plaintiff was sexually abused and retained counsel, who in turn failed to pursue the matter properly. The firm resolved the matter against that counsel.
VERDICT: Jersey City Police Held Accountable for Harassment of Transgender Man While in Custody
On May 3, 2018 a verdict was entered in favor of our client, Holmes, a transgender person arrested by the police who was verbally harassed because they are transgender. Our client, the Plaintiff in the case, challenged that conduct in the Superior Court of New Jersey in front of a jury and prevailed.
As far as we know, we are not aware of any other cases with the same or similar facts that have been successfully tried against a police department in New Jersey. The case was originally dismissed by the Superior Court, and then reinstated by the Appellate Court.
The truth was heard, we prevailed and as far as we know, history has been made.
$225,000 Settlement for Racial and Ancestral Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was continually subjected to racial and ancestral comments based upon being Asian. The harassment was engaged in by members of upper management, therefore making such actions, such as spray painting the word “gook” in a parking space, egregious.
$200,000 Settlement for Racial Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was a black male who was harassed by members of upper management, being called racially egregious words and being delegated work that involved physical labor and inhaling fumes, while the white employee was delegated sedentary tasks. Plaintiff was eventually terminated for defending other employees who reported the same misconduct.
100,000 Settlement for Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff refused to engage in illegal activity and was then terminated for insubordination.
$145,000 Settlement for Gender and Gender Stereotype Discrimination Matter
Several plaintiffs were prohibited from working in certain areas of their job based upon their weight, age and gender stereotype.
$187,781 Judgment in a Legal Malpractice Matter
Plaintiff hired an attorney to undertake representation in the specialized area of employment rights litigation. Defendant did not possess the requisite knowledge to handle the employment disputes for plaintiff, which ended with plaintiff’s complaint being dismissed in its entirety .
$107,000 Settlement for a Racial/Ethnic Harassment Matter
Plaintiff is a black male that was forced to endure the use of horrible racial slurs used by co-workers. When management was made aware of such conduct, nothing was done and the conduct continued. Plaintiff had to resign due to the racial terminology being freely used in the workplace.
$225,000 Settlement for New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act Matter
Plaintiff was a practice administrator in a medical facility and was asked to participate in a number of practices that were either illegal, fraudulent or clear violations of the guidelines set forth by Medical Boards and Medical Ethics bodies.
$150,000 Settlement for CEPA and Wrongful Termination Matter
Plaintiffs were therapists for children with developmental disabilities. Plaintiffs were asked to perform therapy on children by the school and/or parents that doctors stated was unsafe. Plaintiffs were eventually terminated because of their refusal.
$175,000 Settlement for Disability Discrimination and Family Medical Leave Act Matter
Plaintiff was discriminated against by her employer when she informed her employer of her expected pregnancy. Plaintiff was ordered by her physician to stay out on medical leave until her physician instructed, and when plaintiff informed her employer of this, she was informed that her position had been eliminated and she was to collect unemployment.
$135,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment and National Origin Harassment
Plaintiff worked as a waitress and was subject to severe sexual harassment and harassment based on her national origin. Plaintiff would have comments continually made to her about how Europeans don’t take showers and would be called offensive names. Plaintiff complained to her employer yet the harassment continued.
$100,000 Settlement for Disability Discrimination and Unlawful Discharge
Plaintiff was a custodian who went out on medical leave for a couple of months. Plaintiff returned to work and after five months of working without issues and without conversation about any restrictions, he was informed by defendant that they couldn’t accommodate his restrictions. Plaintiff was removed from work prior to the expiration of his contract, which was a result of discrimination based upon perception held regarding disability.
$145,000 Settlement for Violation under the LAD permitted by a School
Plaintiff was a student who was harassed by fellow students. Students harassed the plaintiff by breaking into her locker and stealing her books, gym clothes, etc. When plaintiff reported this harassment to her teacher, nothing was ever done. Students continued to harass plaintiff by spreading sexual rumors about the plaintiff. Plaintiff continued to advise teachers of said harassment, and nothing was ever done. There was no investigation and no discipline to the students making the harassing comments.
$127,988 Jury Verdict for Age Discrimination Case
Plaintiff was a senior lifeguard for more than 30 years. The requalification standards were different for senior lifeguards. There was a plan devised to eliminate the senior lifeguards from the beach patrol by implementing new testing standards. Those standards would affect the older lifeguards. Plaintiff failed the new qualifications by 3 to 4 seconds. This matter went to trial and a jury awarded for the plaintiff.
$110,000 Settlement for Race -Based Harassment Matter
Plaintiff is a black woman who was subjected to racially discriminatory comments towards and about non-white employees and non-white individuals who visited the medical center. Plaintiff complained to human resources about the discriminatory actions that were taking place, and specifically complained about the difference between the way white and non-white babies were being treated. Despite making complaints, nothing was done to stop the racial harassment and discriminatory treatment.
$250,000 Settlement for Gender Harassment and Retaliation Matter
Plaintiff was an assistant principal at a High School. Plaintiff (and other female employees) were subjected to being called ageist names by supervisors. The other female employees were told that they needed to retire so they can replace them with men. When a complaint was finally made, plaintiff was advised that her contract was not going to be renewed.
$120,000 Settlement for Violation of Family Medical Leave Act
Plaintiff was out of work on medical leave. When plaintiff returned to work, her supervisor would constantly make comments about her being out on leave and how her being out has impacted his work. Plaintiff’s supervisor was not pleased with plaintiff taking off for medical leave and made it known to plaintiff, staff members and outside representatives. Plaintiff asked her supervisor to stop making such inappropriate comments. Plaintiff filed a complaint against her employer. Plaintiff was let go, being told that her position was being eliminated immediately.
$11.8 Million Verdict for Denial of Medical Leave
Plaintiff diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was denied a medical leave of absence to undergo treatment by her employer. Despite numerous requests, the employer refused to allow her to return to work and forced her into disability retirement. A Mercer County jury awarded the $11.8 Million trial verdict for economic damages, emotional distress and punitive damages.
$100,000 Settlement for a Harassment in School Matter
Plaintiff was continually verbally harassed and even physically assaulted by peers at school. Yet the administration, having knowledge of said harassment, did not intervene in accordance with the law.
$130,000 Settlement for Constitutional Denial of Free and Appropriate Public Education Under the New Jersey Constitution Matter
Plaintiff was continually subjected to non-discriminatory harassment, intimidation and bullying by teachers and administrative professionals. Plaintiff was denied her Constitutional right to a public education, which violated the New Jersey Civil Rights Act.
$425,000 Settlement for Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff refused to engage in actions that would violate federal regulations, which refusal ended with his termination.
$175,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Claim
Plaintiff was subjected to sexually explicit questions by her supervisor, as well as being continually asked to engage in sexual activities. Employer suggested that plaintiff resign given his treatment of her.
$175, 000 Settlement for Failure to Accommodate a Disability, as well as Retaliation against Disability
Plaintiff needed a medical accommodation at his place of employment. At first, plaintiff was denied said accommodation. After his condition had worsened, his accommodation was granted but was going to result in his termination.
$100,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment In the Workplace Matter
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by a co-worker even after she advised upper management of said harassment.
$100,000 Settlement for New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act Matter and CEPA Matter
Plaintiff was seeking unpaid overtime compensation , the difference between actual wages paid and wages due pursuant to the PWA on public works jobs, and sought to remedy a retaliatory discharge which occurred after he made a good faith complaint of wage violations to his employer and after he disclosed wage violations to a state inspector.
$102,000 Settlement for New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiffs had been unlawfully retaliated against for objecting to unlawful conduct. Two plaintiffs were terminated and the third plaintiff received a reduction of hours due to engaging in protected conduct.
$120,000 Settlement New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (“SAFE”) Matter
Defendants violated the SAFE act when they discharged and/or threatened to discharge plaintiff as a result of plaintiff requesting time off.
which occurred after he made a good faith complaint of wage violations to his employer and after he disclosed wage violations to a state inspector.
$100,000 Settlement for Age Harassment and Retaliatory Harassment Case
Plaintiff was continually harassed by his direct supervisor by having several remarks made to him regarding his age. When Plaintiff complained to human resources, the harassment continued and plaintiff was given the option to either resign his position or transfer locations.
$2.2 Million Jury Verdict for a Whistleblower
The plaintiff was a lab tech in a hospital and claimed that the supervisor did not have the legally required credentials to do the job, which in his view put patient safety as risk. After painting him as insubordinate and an unsuccessful worker, the hospital fired the plaintiff.
When the defendant would not settle the case for a reasonable number, the firm went to trial and obtained a $2.2 million verdict for the aggrieved worker.
$950,000 Settlement for Ethnicity-Based Harassment in the Workplace
Plaintiff, of East-Asian extraction, claimed that his supervisor was engaging in harassment based on plaintiff’s ethnicity and national origin. Plaintiff was subjected to repeated comments such as being called a “terrorist.” When plaintiff complained to human resources, the harassment continued. Plaintiff was eventually terminated from his employment.
$750,000 Settlement for Multiple Plaintiffs who were part of a Mass Firing and Rehiring
Plaintiffs were involved with a mass firing and/or rehiring due to new ownership. New ownership was participating in illegal acts under the Law Against Discrimination by arranging with others to enact policies which were either intended to be discriminatory and/or which had a discriminatory impact on both fired workers and/or workers eligible for non-discriminatory rehire.
$575,000 Settlement for CEPA Matter
Plaintiff had been retaliatory discharged for engaging in protected conduct. Plaintiff made consistent objection and internal disclosures for over a year to upper management that he believed the company was in violation of Federal law. An independent auditor validated plaintiff’s observations that the company was violating Federal law. Plaintiff was eventually discharged for such engagement.
$435,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment at a Car Dealership
The plaintiffs were subjected to sexually denigrating remarks and even though neither of them lost their jobs, the firm was able to obtain the above settlement after aggressive and thorough discovery.
$350,000 Settlement for Wrongful Termination Based Upon Age Discrimination
Plaintiff was terminated from his employer based upon his “older” age. Plaintiff was advised that he should “move aside” and allow a “younger employee to manage.” When plaintiff contacted the EEOC to make a complaint, plaintiff was terminated shortly thereafter.
$320,000 Settlement for Whistleblower Discharge
A man worked for a construction company and protested to the owner that there was fraud being committed with regard to certain jobs that the company was doing and how materials were secured for those jobs.
The owner terminated the employee and the firm sued. After going through literally thousands of pages of discovery, the firm was able to obtain the above settlement, much to the satisfaction of the firm’s client.
$300,000 Settlement for Whistleblowing about Healthcare Fraud
Two workers opposed changing records to show that medical response from their employer was other than what it was. They were terminated in retaliation.
$300,000 Settlement for Wrongful Discharge and Failure to Accommodate
The plaintiff was a police officer who became disabled. The defendants failed to accommodate the plaintiff’s disability and then wrongfully terminated the plaintiff due to his disability.
$260,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment
Two ladies were forced to endure leering and other behavior from a male supervisor which made them uncomfortable. The settlement was obtained despite the absence of any sexually specific or sexually slurring language.
$250,000 Settlement for Injuries in a Premises Liability Matter
Plaintiff was injured due to a business failing to maintain a safe doorway. The plaintiff’s injuries could have been prevented with non-negligent maintenance.
$250,000 Settlement for New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff was working for a public entity and believed that one of the supervisors was engaging in illegal and fraudulent activity. When plaintiff reported that conduct to the proper authorities, plaintiff was eventually terminated based upon his actions, which were protected under CEPA.
$250,000 Settlement for Retaliatory Discharge for Telling the Truth about a Law Firm’s Illegal Practices
An attorney was fired by a law firm for opposing illegal practices used by the firm to secure new business. The attorney was terminated and the firm aggressively litigated the matter, resulting in an excellent settlement for the terminated employee.
$250,000 Settlement for FLSA Matter
Plaintiffs brought suit to remedy violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Plaintiffs alleged improper “tip pooling” policies of the defendants which affected a number of servers in a hospitality setting.
$247,000 Settlement for Ethnic Harassment
Three African American employees of a company were subjected to racial slurs and negative racial comments by their supervisor. The firm was able to obtain a $247,000 settlement for them at the close of discovery and right before trial.
$209,871.96 Judgment for a Wrongful Termination based on Pregnancy Discrimination and Failure to Participate in Insurance Fraud
Plaintiff worked in a medical practice and was wrongfully terminated due to her pregnancy and/or familial status. She also failed to comply with PIP auto insurance fraud, which was also a factor in her wrongful termination.
$200,000 Settlement for Opposing Sexual Harassment
Female worker reported her boss for denigrating comments about women and was refused a promotion in retaliation.
$195,000 Settlement for Racial Harassment Claim
Plaintiff was subjected to racially derogatory comments about him and about black individuals at work on a daily basis. Plaintiff advised upper management of such comments, yet nothing was done.
$180,000 Settlement for Race Based Harassment
A man working in the physical plant of an institution had to listen to his supervisor play Nazi videos from YouTube, listen to racial slurs which both included him as well as others, and finally felt that he had enough. He left the job and asked the firm for help. The firm was able to settle the matter right at the beginning of discovery.
$175,000 Settlement for Retaliation for Support of Racial Discrimination Claim
A Caucasian supervisor who supported the claims of an African American subordinate was in turn retaliated against. The firm was able to obtain the above settlement without the need for filing suit.
$175,000 Settlement for Racial Harassment
An African American woman working for an institution had to constantly listen to racial slurs. The firm did an aggressive job of getting helpful witnesses to perpetuate their testimony and then settled the matter in mediation.
$150,000 Settlement for Plaintiffs Regarding Workplace Harassment and Wrongful Termination
Plaintiff was continually harassed by upper management due to pregnancy, family status and gender. Plaintiff’s harassment began after her maternity leave and was subject to a hostile working environment based upon her pregnancy and her gender as a woman. Plaintiff’s husband was the second plaintiff who was terminated based upon bringing up the harassment to which his wife was subjected.
$150,000 Settlement Based upon Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Plaintiff is male and a victim of past sexual abuse. When plaintiff’s co-workers made jokes about subject matter which made plaintiff recall the abuse, plaintiff spoke with administration regarding this. There was no response.
$150,000 Jury Verdict for Sexual Harassment in a Restaurant
The plaintiff was a waitress in a restaurant and was frequently called, as were her co-workers, by names that were denigrating to women. When she opposed both sexual and racial slurs, she was fired in retaliation and further victimized by racial slurs during the discharge.
When the defendant would not settle for a reasonable number, the firm went to trial and obtained $50,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages from the jury.
$150,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Matter
The plaintiff was a secretary who was severely and continually sexually harassed by her direct supervisor.
$150,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Matter
Plaintiff was continually subjected to sexual harassment by a co-worker and in the presence of upper management. The harassment continued even after plaintiff reported such harassment to human resources. After the complaint was filed in this matter, plaintiff then suffered retaliation for filing the complaint.
$141,000 Settlement for Wrongful Termination Based upon Protected Conduct under CEPA
Plaintiff was a nurse who believed a patient in her facility was being abused. When plaintiff reported this conduct, administration dismissed her complaints. Plaintiff was also asked to engage in illegal conduct regarding records. When plaintiff refused to engage in such conduct, she was eventually terminated.
$130,000 Settlement in a Free Speech Civil Rights Case
An individual was protesting at a municipal meeting and upset the powers that be with that protest. The person was arrested and even though they only spent a few hours incarcerated, the firm argued that the Constitutional Right to Free Speech had been interfered with and aggressively litigated the case to demonstrate that wrong was done.
The matter was settled right before trial.
$125,000 Settlement for Doctor Engaging in Protected Conduct
Plaintiff was a physician and was retaliatory and illegally terminated based upon engaging in protected conduct cognizable under CEPA. Plaintiff was not only retaliated against by way of termination, but prior to same, he was also retaliatory harassed because of his protected conduct.
$125,000 Pre-Suit Settlement for Discrimination Based on Gender and Familial Status Matter
Plaintiff was a female who had disparaging comments made by her direct supervisor to her male peers about her familial status. Plaintiff was repeatedly passed over for work memberships and associations due to her supervisor’s gender bias.
$125,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was continually sexually harassed by her direct supervisor. When plaintiff reported the sexual harassment to upper management, plaintiff was then retaliated against by her direct supervisor. Defendants having been made aware of the harassment, failed to take prompt and effective remedial measures to stop said harassment.
$120,000 for Racial Harassment Claim
Plaintiff is Caucasian. Plaintiff was continually subjected to harassment on the basis of her association with her African-American family members. Management was made aware of such harassment, yet they failed to stop it.
$110,000 Settlement for Disability Discrimination Matter
Plaintiff requested an accommodation based upon her disability. When the accommodation was not met, she was eventually terminated. Plaintiff was disabled within the meaning of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
$110,000 Settlement for Race Discrimination and Harassment
Plaintiff was an African-American female who was discriminated against and harassed due to her race. Plaintiff was retaliated against when she made complaints about harassment to upper management and was eventually discharged from position.
$107,500 Settlement for New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) Matter
Plaintiff was terminated in retaliation for engaging in protected conducted under CEPA when she refused to participate in illegal instructions from the administration.
$105,000 Settlement for Wage and Hour Matter
Plaintiffs were denied overtime due for hours worked in excess of forty per week in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
$105,000 Settlement for CEPA Matter
Plaintiff was terminated from her employment because she engaged in protected conduct under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA).
$100,000 Settlement for Disability Discrimination Matter
Plaintiff was continually harassed by upper management regarding her weight. Plaintiff’s employers did nothing to stop the harassment and it eventually resulted in the plaintiff’s termination.
$100,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was sexually harassed on a daily basis by her co-workers. When plaintiff notified her employers regarding the harassment, management did nothing to stop it. Plaintiff was retaliated against and terminated due to advising of such harassment.
$100,000 Settlement for School Bullying Matter
Plaintiff was a minor who attended a South Jersey school and was subjected to ongoing harassment, intimidation and bullying. The harassment and bullying continued on a daily basis even after the child’s parents reported the abuse to the principal.
$100,000 Settlement for a Wrongfully Discharged Matter
Plaintiff was working in an unhealthy office environment. When plaintiff made the supervisor aware that he was no longer able to work in such illegal and unhealthy conditions, plaintiff was terminated. Plaintiff was wrongfully terminated under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
$100,000 Settlement for Sexual and Racial Harassment in the Workplace
Plaintiff was subjected to hostile and intimidating comments made by a co-worker based upon plaintiff’s race and gender. When plaintiff complained to upper management, the harassment continued.
$100,000 Settlement for Sexual Harassment Matter
Plaintiff was a minor who was constantly harassed by a manager asking to engage in sexual conduct. Plaintiff was harassed by her manager in front of other managers. Plaintiff complained to the district manager and was then retaliated against by her manager for making such a complaint and had her hours cut. Plaintiff was eventually terminated.
$100,000 Settlement for a School Harassment Case
A student was being subjected to homophobic and vile harassment by fellow students and the school was not responding to the requests for help.
The firm litigated on behalf of the child through his parent, and after conducting the discovery we needed to conduct in order to demonstrate that the school had failed in its responsibility, the settlement was reached before trial.
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